Aphrodite’s Rock [15 Words or Less]

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Aphrodite's Rock in Cyprus
Photo: Laura P. Salas

One thing we did while visiting our daughter in Cyprus was to to a few different beaches. The (Mediterranean Sea) water was still too chilly (even for us Minnesotans) for actual swimming, but it was plenty hot. Oh, we did get in when we rented a “pedal boat with slide.” Hehe.

Photo: Laura P. Salas

We had a blast all sliding down that slide, hanging off the back of the boat, etc.

Other than that, though, we mostly just enjoyed looking at the beautiful beaches. The top picture above is Aphrodite’s Rock, where Aphrodite is said to have been born. It is a stunningly beautiful setting, and I can totally imagine the Goddess of Love choosing that spot to exit the sea. This image makes me think of several things:

  1. a frog waiting to kiss Princess Aphrodite and turn into a Prince
  2. a beach that has bones instead of sand/rocks
  3. clouds catching on fire

And here’s my first draft. 

aphrodites rock poem


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)







30 Responses

  1. Sun blinks awake
    Sparks catch
    Then blaze
    Lighting the way
    To the future

    1. That image of sun blinking awake–what a fresh way to describe sunrise–I love it!

  2. Laura, such a love song you have here.…love’s starting block. That is a great ending.

    I can’t help think of what the rock has seen.

    Petra tou Romiou

    Sea stack
    worthy of
    goddess birth
    watches for
    rafts, lifejackets
    different kinds
    of love

    1. Your poem makes me think of selfless love, a person puts themselves in danger to help another. Very nice.

    2. Oh, Linda, your poem made me cry. There is so much suffering. The refugee family we had lunch with had crossed from Turkey to Cyprus in an overloaded small boat in stormy weather. So much death and heartache has been witnessed by the beaches in that part of the world. Love your hopeful ending.

  3. Before I read any poems, I did a little Google search. Laura, your poem is the perfect marriage of love. I, too, want to wish for love (and fertility) from this Goddess.

    O Goddess Aphrodite,
    born of sea foam,
    bless our world
    with new life,
    effervescent love.

    1. “born of sea foam” — sigh. Beautiful, Margaret–so delicate and ethereal…perfect for a kind of prayer/blessings poem.

    1. Ill the different colors made me think of hues and the water and rock made me think of poetry and how it reflects from our hearts

  4. I’ve been influenced by the happenings in Hawaii. So tragic for those living too close.


    Red hot heat
    cool pool blue.
    Purple haze
    from volcanic blaze.

  5. Converge/emerge; block/rock. Wonderful rhymes and a whole story in your poem, Laura. Impressive.
    The person walking among the rocks caught my eye. Besides swimming at the beach, I like to explore tide pools.

    So much to see
    beside the sea.
    Tide pool creatures
    beckon me.

    1. I love tide pools. I wish we had had them on the east coast, but I never saw one until I visited California as a grown-up. They’re magical! Thanks, Lauren!

  6. Oh Laura, your poem is lovely, soothing and inspirational. What a way to begin a new day. Love the water toy! On the extreme right of the picture is a gentleman with hands on hips and to his left, his true love sits, legs dangling, shoulders sagging. Forlorn.

    He Said, She Said

    Born a frog
    dreames of a prince
    alternating kisses
    from this day hence:


  7. The largest rock drew me in with its face looking worriedly out to sea…then I saw the smaller ones looking quite happy. Reminded me of our family at the beach — mom always looking out for her 4 kids splashing with abandon in the dangerous and cold ocean waves.

    How Do Rocks See the Sea?

    One rock moaned warily;
    Cheered others heartily.
    “So cold!”
    They squealed in unity!

    1. What a fun rhyme, but the poor rocks can’t step out when they start shivering.

    1. This is fabulous, Buffy! I love sandpaper, as the saltiness of seawater always makes you so gritty. Wonderful ending, too!

  8. Fun and lovely poem Laura, and a dramatic image! Looks like you had a marvelous time, funky looking paddle boat too!


    in the eyes
    Of the
    find yours …

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