This is one of my favorite paintings by Botticelli. It shows Mars, the god of war reclining peacefully. He sleeps wearing nothing but a loin cloth, his weapons and armor discarded. Venus is fully clothed as satyrs playfully run off with his lance and armor. Love has the ability to disarm us. Even the god of war can be conquered by it, soothed and made happy. Love can defeat even the strongest person.

I am the seed of newness, a wellspring
The spiritual path yet unseen
An opportunity for joy, contentment, fertility
Understanding of long neglected needs

I am the message, the chance meeting
A flicker, a flame, the bonfire
The beginning, the child of the universe
Smiling innocently