Monday, February 14, 2011


In a land of icons and tag lines Cupid isn't very happy. Blake tries to figure out why but his POV turns into a totally different yet refreshingly sane set of questions. Yes, even after  184 years of being dead he is still making sense. From the one who gave this blog it's name here's an amusing take on the icon of love.

A man tries to capture
“Jeune fille s’evadant”(Girl escaping) 
by Joan Miro.
Why was cupid a boy ?

Why was Cupid a boy,
And why a boy was he?
He should have been a girl,
For aught that I can see.

For he shoots with his bow,
And the girl shoots with her eye,
And they both are merry and glad,
And laugh when we do cry.

And to make Cupid a boy
Was the Cupid girl's mocking plan;
For a boy can't interpret the thing
Till he is become a man.

And then he's so pierc'd with cares,
And wounded with arrowy smarts,
That the whole business of his life
Is to pick out the heads of the darts.

'Twas the Greeks' love of war
Turn'd Love into a boy,
And woman into a statue of stone--
And away fled every joy. 
 - William Blake, 1793.


onaemehtonaed said...

So, ‘Cupid’ was a Roman god who was inspired by the earlier Greek god ‘Eros’. Shouldn’t our friend Blake be talking of Eros? ;) HVDPY

Anonymous said...

Lol. what is this, a history class?
I think he was really feeling like writing about love and not history.