There’s a moment when I look at you
and no speech is left in me..

tho’ the surface is calm
‘neath its smooth sheen
hairs rise
refusing to sleep atop
a volcano, awakened
from the fire within.

There is nothing more lovely
than your face as light plays
upon the contours of your skin’s
rich tapestry.

A merchant voyager or, vagabond
would that I could rise above
the watermark left in your wake
as your beauty drowns all in
earthly pursuit of your charms.

If I could write this memory
then; let it be written in stone
and passed down through millennia
from this ancient heart into some
future point of oblivion
that this was a love to last
throughout the ages.

© Daydreamertoo        *All rights reserved

Sappho is famous (among other things) for her poetry, but not much of it has survived. Sappho’s poetry is written about by other ancient writers and, most of her writings are bits and pieces, not complete works.
I’ve always loved this piece which is pretty much very well know and was featured in an episode of Xena: Warrior Princess
“There’s a moment when I look at you, and no speech is left in me. My tongue breaks, then fire races under my skin. I tremble and grow pale, for I am dying of such love, or so it seems to me.”

We had to chose the first sentence of a poet’s words and use them, then add our own thoughts to complete a new poem. I hope Sappho would be pleased with my effort.

Shared with With Real Toads  Mary’s Mixed Bag

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

17 thoughts on “Sappho”

  1. Awhile back i read some of her work…i remember there was an island and she was writing about the people she came across….this was a beautiful poem, i like the greek anthology poetry…

  2. written in stone and passed down for millenia…that is a love that lasts…great write bren and i think that sappho would be proud…smiles.

  3. Sappho might kick your butt…cuz, I think you could have bested her…lol. This was an amazing write with just the right tempo and tone, made it feel like it could have been written many many years ago. Loved this….great job.

  4. Oh look at you, this one was just WOW. Great lines, too enjoyed the stone. Can’t even be a smart arse, bloody hell look what you did.

  5. Bren, I am awed by this write. I too really would highlight the words that Kerry mentioned. And the ending resonates with me — a love to last the ages. Yes! Yes! And I do believe Sappho would be pleased with what her words inspired.

  6. Very nice. You know, now I have to go and find that journal I have, with every known work done by Sappho. A professor I had in college edited the piece specifically for the advanced poetry class, and I loved her work, so we had the option of giving the journal back or paying for it. Which I did, but I have too many books, if that’s possible, and saw your piece, went looking for this journal and I’ll have to look some more. Anyhow, you did a really nice job, the inspiration really took you places. Definitely a nice read. Thanks

  7. Two of the most beautiful lines I have read:

    If I could write this memory
    then; let it be written in stone…

    And the whole is stunning!

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