Botticelli’s ‘Allegory of Spring’
The painter’s brush gives voice to Greece and Rome:
Poliziano’s poems depict just how
the pagan, Venus, with her loving om
now stands with Cupid’s arrow ‘oer her brow.
When Zephyrus germinates his girl with air
then gentle Flora has her flowered fling;
inseminates imaginings so fair
that airily her vines awake to spring.
Three graces waltz and turn in harmony
as past and present to the future bows.
As Botticelli’s dance; sublime and free,
may Mercury fragment the forming clouds.
“‘Humanitarian’, this Venus play”
or, thus, the Pope defines her in his day.