Pygmalion and Galatea, By Ace G. Pilkington, EC Valentine Issue

Konstantin Makovsky

Note: Venus, Roman goddess of Love and mother of Cupid, answered Pygmalion's unspoken prayer and brought his statue to life.


Breathless precision of stone melts to the bliss of flesh;

The sculptor's rapture creates a lover's discovery,


While the slow sweep of his hand keeps in its singleness


Both blade that cuts away and smoothing gentleness.


Almost his touch is a search for dust of ivory;


Almost her jumping pulse is his workshop's purpose.


But the moth-soft mimicry of internal passageways


Is incomplete. The summer-sweet susurrus at her mouth,

Though sent by Venus, is a tremble of wordlessness,

Their alabaster couplings her sole success.

He will turn philosopher when he learns her selflessness.

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Ace G. Pilkington has published over one hundred poems, articles, reviews, and short stories in five countries. He is co-editor (with Matthew Wilhelm Kapell) of The Fantastic Made Visible, and co-editor (with his wife, Olga) of Fairy Tales of the Russians and Other Slavs.


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