Poems

No Word

I have had not one word from her

Frankly I wish I were dead.
When she left, she wept

a great deal; she said to
me, ``This parting must be
endured, Sappho. I go unwillingly.''

I said, ``Go, and be happy
but remember (you know
well) whom you leave shackled by love

``If you forget me, think
of our gifts to Aphrodite
and all the loveliness that we shared

``all the violet tiaras,
braided rosebuds, dill and
crocus twined around your young neck

``myrrh poured on your head
and on soft mats girls with
all that they most wished for beside them

``while no voices chanted
choruses without ours,
no woodlot bloomed in spring without song...''

Sappho
tr. Barnard



Poem topics: , , , , ,

Rate this poem:

Add No Word poem to your favorites

Add Poet Sappho to your favorites

Popular Poets

Henry Austin Dobson (3 poems)
Robert Mannyng (1 poems)
Joe Moses (0 poems)
Thomas Stanley (1 poems)
R. D. Blackmore (1 poems)
John Keats (70 poems)
Frank O'Hara (0 poems)
Anna Hempstead Branch (6 poems)
Darrell Figgis (1 poems)
Kabir (73 poems)

Popular Poems

The First Surveyor, by Banjo Paterson
I Rom, by Hans Christian Andersen
A Tall, Strapping Shot, You, Considerate Hunter..., by Boris Pasternak
Grand-Père, by Robert Service
Holy Sonnet Xi: Spit In My Face You Jews, And Pierce My Side, by John Donne
Allegiances, by William Stafford
Partial Resemblance, by Denise Levertov
The Tyme Of Youthe, by Henry VIII, King of England
I Dug Beneath The Cypress Shade, by Thomas Love Peacock
A Last Word, by Ernest Christopher Dowson