If not Winter

I recieved from the Library today, If Not Winter, Fragments Sappho: by Anne Carson Its just achingly beautifal verse. Anne has obviously attempted to present on the printed page, the words in a manner as true to the original as possible, because Sappho obviously used the way words where arranged on a page as poetically as she did the words themselves.

Because we have only fragments I will mark the end of a fragment with a Horizontal Rule. a ] bracket indicates a missing line. I will refrain from further comment here, and just leave you to marvel at the beauty. Ama tu ANKI, BB.

           And I on a soft pillow
Will lay down my Limbs

         - Sappho -

                                               Eros shook my
mind like a mountain wind falling on oak trees

Stars around the beautifal Moon
hide back their luminous form
whenever all full she shines


You burn me

I would not think to touch the sky with two arms.

pure Graces with arms like roses
                             Come here daughters of Zeus.

not one girl I think
                    who looks on the light of the sun
            will ever
                have wisdom
            like this

Ama tu ANKI, BB.