Cherubs (Thursday Doors)

Eros
or angel?  winged
and naked child—are you
blessing us or bringing us love?
spirit
of the sacred and the profane–
you accompany both
sides—Theos and
Mythos

The original cherubim in the Bible were fearsome creatures, with two pairs of wings, four faces–lion, ox, human, eagle–and the hooves of a bull.

During the Renaissance cherubs became associated with both putto and Cupid–small naked children with wings. That’s what most of us think of when we hear the word cherub today.

You can’t see the cherubs on this second door from the front–but look carefully at both the inside and the outside of the surround.

I did a double take when I noticed that.

All the details of this door are beautiful.

The poem is a butterfly cinquain for Colleen’s #TankaTuesday prompt.

And as always find more Thursday Doors here.

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29 responses to “Cherubs (Thursday Doors)”

  1. dennyho says :

    I love the details in this building and its doors. Very pretty!

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  2. Dan Antion says :

    That’s a lovely poem, and a beautiful doorway. Thanks for bringing Thursday Doors into your world for a day. Thanks, too, for the history and details shots.

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  3. yvettemcalleiro says :

    Great poem, Kerfe! That door is stunning with all its intricate details. Thanks for sharing it with us. 🙂

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  4. Ingrid says :

    I didn’t know that cherubs were so formidable to begin with! Interesting…

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  5. Colleen Chesebro: WordCraftPoetry says :

    Kerfe, the detail on the doorway is stunning. I wonder if the cherubs were thought to add protection to the building? Your butterfly cinquain highlights the history of cherubs. I like the history behind the doors. They are always so interesting. ❤

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    • memadtwo says :

      Thanks Colleen. I imagine all the various door and window guardians on old buildings in the city were added for protection, as well as decoration. Once I started noticing them, they are everywhere. But I never really saw them until I started looking at doors…just goes to show how much we normally miss.

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  6. Dawn Palmer says :

    Lovely photos! I really like the detailed work around the tops of the doors.

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  7. robertawrites235681907 says :

    HI Kerfe, what an amazing door. I love it. Thank you for the beautiful poem.

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  8. Tanja says :

    beautiful doors

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  9. boundlessblessingsblog says :

    Beautiful doors and such lovely intricate art. Loved your post, Marta.

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  10. jazzytower says :

    Great doors!! Such details. That first one is eye catching. Love the poem too..nice work.

    Pat

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  11. Gwen M. Plano says :

    Incredible photos and beautiful poem.

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  12. Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. says :

    Love the images and butterfly cinquain…

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  13. ben Alexander says :

    Kerfe, more than almost any other poet-friend of mine, I feel so much wisdom in your words on a consistent basis, and this poem is no different. There’s something about how you write that’s distinctly you.

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