Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Some Call Ships...

Some call ships, infantry and horsemen
The greatest beauty can offer;
I say it is whatever a person
Most lusts after.

Showing you all will be no trouble:
Helen surpassed all humankind
In looks but left the world's most noble
Husband behind.

Coasting off to Troy where she
Thought nothing of her loving parent
And only child but, led astray...

...and I think of Anaktoria
Far away...

And I would rather watch her body
Sway, her glistening face flash dalliance
Than Lydian war cars at the ready
And armed battalions.

by Sappho, translated by Aaron Poochigian; from Stung with Love

Addendum: Aaron Poochigian, Smartish Pace Poetry Reading