The Three Graces (written with Meg & Vic)

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The banquet hall was prepared, for the guests to celebrate and dine
The invitations sent, the tables laid with food and wine…
Thalia smiled at her reflection in the mirror
As the servant girl brushed her golden hair to a shine

The drape of her gown was liquid, delicate silk and brocade
Gathering around her luscious curves, falling in sensual cascade
Naked beneath, luxuriating in the slippery feel
Imagining her lover’s roaming hands, nearly had her unmade

As musicians prepared the gathering crowd for dance
Thalia imagined Apollo’s beaming countenance
The god of prophecy and knowledge, poetry and music
Grace of Abundance would seduce and entrance

Sister, Aglaia, sister Euphrosyne come join the preparation
Together summon Dionysus to bestow this mad occasion
With love and lust to complement the product of the vine
So that all desires may be fulfilled in celebration

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Euphrosyne looked around at all the smiling faces
Such recreation pleased this most mirthful of Graces
Biting down on a grape, juice ran over her lips
Her mind filled with flashes of later kindred drips

As she wandered the room, she left laughter behind her
Seeing the buzz in her wake was enough to delight her
Eyes squeezed tight, open mouths and flushed cheeks
Another parallel, she thought, to ensuing ecstasy

Mighty Dionysus soon arrived and set hands to playing
Inspiring the sweeping heat of bodies, close and swaying
Euphrosyne had her eye on him with his thunderous laughter
Rivaling her vivacity, her path to his bliss was well crafted

He was halfway to her side before he realized she beckoned
Shirt halfway undone, half in love in a second
Her mouth like a slow flame, exquisite and searing
He was eager to endure this sweet torturous feeling

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Aglaia observes her sisters, neither complete without the other
She, as the third, finishes off with a flourish this heavenly triangle
So many riches and converging passions in the banquet hall
Desire bursts out of every pore—an arid wind wilting flowers

Parting the crowd, beautiful Thalia emanates vibrant youth
With a raucous laugh Euphrosyne has Dionysus thoroughly seduced
Aglaia glides over marble floors, her splendour unrivalled
Knowing before the night is over she will become unraveled

She doesn’t try to entice, patiently waits, breathing just a little faster
Her delicate palate craves the taste of ambrosia yet words are her nectar
It is wit full of clever twists she seeks and hungers after
One man will distinguish himself, and when he does…

His hand Aglaia will take, to lead him away from the banquet
Poise will be dropped as she takes off her elegant dress
A just reward bestowed upon the one able to match her mind
She will give herself without restraint, deep moans and a sigh

*I’d never written with a woman before, let alone two of them, so I was excited (and a bit nervous) to do something with Meg and Vic who are both great writers. I had this idea of writing something based on the three Graces since there were three of us (very original, I know)
Meg did the honours, followed by Vic, leaving me to conclude. Thank you, ladies for putting up with me, it took me forever to write my part since I had to concentrate on my Master’s work for a while, but it was as much fun discussing the writing (and everything else) as it was actually doing it. I like that we made the Graces a bit slutty (though not as slutty as we could-or wished to-have done, ha!)
For anybody not familiar with the three Graces and wanting to know more: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Grace-Greek-mythology

Image credit: marble sculpture of the three Graces by James Pradier — Louvres Museum

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42 thoughts on “The Three Graces (written with Meg & Vic)

  1. I am absolutely mesmerized by this scene! I have a fascination with Greek mythology and especially the tension residing between the Dionysian – Apollonian realms. Each of these Graces are so wonderfully enticing and intoxicating. Hmmm, it seems that sense Dionysus has been summoned, the night has a decidedly lustful aura. Perhaps the three Graces should take his hand and follow him into the master’s chamber and delight in the decadent erotic swirl 🍷😈🔥

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      1. I may know a bit about mythology but not enough to understand “sense” vs. “since” in my comment, ha😛 Then again, his senses must be feeling very keen in this situation. While I admire what both Apollo and Dionsysus represent to our world of dreams, Apollo would be content with harp while Dionysus would surely savor the three graces…alone and together. 😈🔥As I peek in on the scene, I do believe Euphrosyne is summoning Algaia to join them. Dionysus must surely wonder if Algaia’s own heavenly triangle tingles with such temptation… Mmmm, nectar of the gods 😈🔥😘

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  2. Found my way here through Vics post.

    You three have done a marvellous job. It’s a truly compelling tale and you’ve handled it with such ‘grace’
    I can see the rhyme but it read so much like an epic that you just lean into the flow and become utterly enchanted.

    Very well done to you and your collaborators!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, I’m very glad you enjoyed it. Vic, Meg and I are friends and I guess it gave us some kind of cohesion. We are similar in more ways than one so following each other’s writing while retaining our own voices wasn’t difficult at all. Thanks again 🙂

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      1. That’s what I love about the collaborative process, retaining your style while feeding and inspiring your partner(s). Its shows that you’re all friends in the ease it reads with, it’s like you knew exactly who you were writing for and gave them the perfect rhythm to indulge their own creativity.
        It’s a wonderful piece and the three of you should be very proud!

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  3. The three of you together spells mischief. I loved this collaboration, Nathalie. Oh to be a fly on the wall of your interaction. If there should be a next time, I’d like to just witness the creative process. I even have a wonderful fig leaf that I can wear for the occasion. 😉

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    1. Haha I do not doubt you have a fig Leaf handy, Rob 😉 I’m sure we will let you know next time we decide to work together. And yes, the 3 of us together definitely spelt mischief (you have no idea! 😂)

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  4. This is really an amazing collaboration of three very talented women. All of you are so sensual and this just drips from the poetry. Really this should be reblogged a thousand times (if there was a reblog button). Truly inspiring work!!!!

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  5. Reblogged this on Mr. Modigliani's Private Studio and commented:
    Nathalie, Vic and Meg have put together such an outstanding collaboration here that draws very sensually on one of the great classical myths. All three of them write at a very high level and you can see the deep skill here, but more than that, they are three very sexy, fun and talented women.

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  6. com/2017/03/03/the-three-graces-written-with-meg-vic/” rel=”nofollow”>From 1 Blogger 2 Another. Dionysus must surely wonder if Algaia’s own heavenly triangle tingles with such temptation… Mmmm, nectar of the gods 😈🔥😘

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