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Sappho 16 (again)

February 22, 2014

Some say an army a-horse, and some afoot,
and some aboard black ships is the most splendid thing
in this world’s darkness — me, just that it’s this: what-
ever you lust for.

A handy way to make this comprehensible
to everyone: one altogether super-
human in splendor — Helena — a man —
best of them all —

she left behind and went to Troia sailing —
and not her child and not her own dear parents
recalled her — Lust diverted her instead.
. . .

. . . . .
. . . lightly . . .
. . . . makes me recall Anactoria —
that she’s not here.

And her — that lust-inspiring step — I’d want
to see the light that flashes in her face
more than the Lydian chariots and the armored
fighters afoot.

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