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Sappho, Fragment 31

sappho_sThe man who sits across from you
Is almost like a god to me,
And you are rare to listen to—
Your voice, your words.

My heart beats (but my blood is gone)
At the sound of your sweet laugh.
I cannot look at you for long,
I cannot speak.

My tongue is wounded, and a light
Flame runs beneath my skin.
In my eyes there is no sight,
But my ears roar.

Dank sweat and trembling pass
Where my body was before.
I am greener than grass,
I am almost dying.

But courage is enough, because ….

 


Copyright 2017 Sarah Ruden