I feel my poem needs a bit of background seeing as the Botticelli description was a bit thin (Not Archi's fault, she had 12 of these things to write and she did a great job!) Botticelli was a painter in Florence, one who often used gnostic themes in his paintings (The inclusion of multiple religion's images and ideas) rather than painting strictly Christian or secular images. He was later influenced by a radical Christian preacher who believed anything that was "heretic" or would tempt someone to commit sins should be destroyed. Botticelli had been in love with a married Florentine girl, who died a year after he met her. She was a recurring character in paintings he had done, and he requested to be buried at her feet when he died (a request that was granted). I've taken a romantic approach to the story, and had Botticelli placed at one of the "Bonfire of the Vanities" Archi described. Whether or not he burned any amount of his work at these bonfires is disputed given the large amount of work that still exists by him that would no doubt have been labeled "sinful", nontheless, he is here destroying the paintings he has made of her due to their sexual and tempting nature. Sorry for such a long winded backstory, but I thought it might add something to the reading. Please, enjoy!
All the wasted years I’ve spent
Brushstrokes of red on my soul of souls
As spirits wane and darkness grows
Here I stand, till again I know
The lost intent of a clouded mind
I will lament no longer my prison
But instead, keep my senses clean
And tonight I will dream of the trees
Tonight I will spring from the sea
Born among the waves of change
Despite that of Neptune’s benevolent grace
The flames will consume me while I sleep
Oh, if you could be here now to see
The forest withers, but your face remains
We’ll be together again, between the trees
My eternal slumber begins...
The growth of an unrequited love
The beat of my insatiable heart
As I lay to rest beneath your feet
I succumb to peace beneath the leaves
And take my place among the trees.
Thanks to Archi for organizing all this, and thanks to Lemon for a truly great read!