The Lovers


Dodal /Marseille The Lovers

from the Marseille Tarot

illustrated by Jean Dodal

Rider-Waite Lovers

from the Rider-Waite Tarot
illustrated by Pamela Colman Smith

They stand together as one
Intent on a future
They would make present,
Blessed by a woman standing aside
Or hovering above like a guardian angel.

Mercurial, the meeting of minds,
The singular meeting of bodies
Fluidly bound like
The binding snakes of the caduceus
Around the winged staff.

There may be trees, echoing
The tale of Eden; or Eros
Kindling the fires of passion.
This is a story with many beginnings
But only one ending.


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