The Artist and Athena

I close my eyes and what I first recall are her piercing eyes

A striking violet, maybe blue, an indeterminate color

That seems to contradict the determination of her gaze

Is she looking at me? Is she telling me something?

I’m almost afraid to return her unequivocal glance

So fragile and feminine, yet filled with resolve

I can’t help but wonder: am I, after all, the one that she chose?

My eyes linger upon her barely-there smile

That lights up the corners of her mouth

With a hidden warmth, a whisper of intimacy

That give me security and make me crave more

The lacy gauze of a veil envelops her nude body

At once revelation and covering, protecting us both

For a moment Athena and I unite to inhabit

That wonderful space between dream and reality

Where fantasy dwells, where longing meets sanity

Claudia Moscovici,


About romanticlovepoetry

I was born in Bucharest, Romania and immigrated to the United States when I was almost twelve years old. Here I obtained an B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph. D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. At Princeton, I met and fell in love with my husband, Dan. We live in Michigan with our two children, Sophie and Alex. I taught philosophy and literature, focusing on the Romantic period, at Boston University and the University of Michigan. Since 2003, I've been working with a group of international artists on postromanticism, a contemporary art movement that I co-founded with the Mexican sculptor Leonardo Pereznieto. Postromantic artists strive to express beauty, sensuality and passion in their artwork. I do the same in my scholarly book "Romanticism and Postromanticism" (2007) and in a collection of love poems, "The Painful Poignancy of Desire" (2007). If you're interested in taking a look at this art, our website is I'm also a fiction writer. My first novel, "Velvet Totalitarianism" (2009), describes a family's survival in communist Romania due to the strength of their love. You can find out more about me and my writing on my author's profile on
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