Love and Romance
(the dark side)
bacchanalian is a term used to denote a follower of Bacchus, in the
“real world” as well as in myth and legend. The female
of Bacchus, also known as Maenads (the "raving ones"), were both
seductive and dangerous, known to acts of extreme violence
in the midst of bacchanalian celebration (a wine party). These women
were often found running through the deep woods in a frenzy from
“Bacchus' blessing” (wine) and would devour any woodland creature
that happened into their path (a severe case of the
“munchies”). They were also known to kill a human or two who
upset them or their
favorite god. They now frequent the honky-tonks of rural South, where I live.
Also see Richard Aldington's Bromios for a peek inside a "day in the life" of the god of wine.
S. H. Bass
more Witter Bynner
(1881-1968), American poet
back your heads, women, heavy with grape clusters!
your mad torches ! Illumine the lusters
sunny-shot flecks on a black, black sea
in her eyes, bewildering me.
Earth is a jewel; he hangs 'mid the hair,
gleams 'mid the teeth of my Paradise there,
tilts back a face that was born to beguile;
his nights are her tresses, his days are her smile.
her bosom is Time. And the Future her face.
her fingers are Fate. And her being is Space.
her breath is All-Sound; wherefore I am All-Hearing.
lose her were Death; it is nearing!
thou callest; thy wine putteth wings
their purple-wet feet; and it sings,
it bleeds from their overflung jars,
song to her eyes, which have drunk of the stars.
hast captured my feet unawares,
lustful I struggle to burst from thy snares,
seize her, the Body and Soul of thy band
the flight of her garment is hot in my hand.
thy joy, Bacchus, leap like the joy of a sea:
eyes are thy mistress, returned to thee.
up the wild bowl ! She is lost ! I am dead !
and Time, Fate and Future, are fled.
An Ode to
Harvard, and other poems (1907)
Witter Bynner at Amazon
The Selected Witter Bynner: Poems, Plays, Translations, Prose, and Letters by Witter Bynner (Author), James Kraft (Author, Editor)