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Aphrodite Sets The Record Straight:

“If I had chosen the form of a man
they would have named me
God”

From Chloe Goodwin

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Aphrodite sets the record straight:

People assumed I did not love my husband
that I cheated on him
because he was ugly; lesser
the truth is he was always beautiful
and I always loving
but never meant
to belong to just one

They portray me as valley girls
blonde big tits
naked pink yielding
young and lazy
always listless
waiting
yet I spent my youth busy
being in lust with the oceans
and the earth
I came home with dirt on my knees
and sea salt in my hair
a belly full of cactus fruit

I grew fond of apples
and emeralds
fell in love with
doves and bulls
the symmetry
and aysemmtry
of all things

I was absorbed
with appreciation
I worshipped trees and whales
the way ravens change colors
when the sun kisses them

I enjoyed sex
copulation masturbation
orgies of magnitude
love making
the musk of man
the taste of woman
long bubble baths
posing in art galleries, on altars
listening to philosophers
and poets grasping for truth-

And I am old now
oldest of the gods still living
and still in love with my work
I find little pleasure in boredom
I have more house calls
than all my peers combined
everyone desires love

Yet still the press
diminishes me
I know I shouldn’t let it get to me but-
me who fights
more ruthlessly than War
sleeps with more women
than Zeus himself
comforts more children
then Hera.

Just between you and me
if I had chosen the form of a man
they would have named me
God.


Chloe Goodwin

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Chloe Goodwin is a poet, queer hedgewitch, intersectional feminist, tarot reader, and eclectic creative. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s her Tumblr.


Circling The Star, the new book from Anthony Rella, is available here.

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