She Would Have So Marvelled

A reaching towards the future with a hope like that of Sappho's, that 'someone in some future time will think of us'., and a reaching towards the past:

January 12, 1998

Words of Sappho:

You may forget but

Let me tell you
this: someone in
some future time
will think of us

From SAPPHO, a translation by Mary Barnard, Shambala Publications

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IF SHE COULD

Sappho would have
reached
out her hand
to meet mine,
and we'd touch palm to palm . . .

And with my other hand,
I would have grasped
and pulled her
into the present.

She and I,
lovers of the beautiful, both . . .

She would have so marvelled
at today's creations. . .

JAL, 1-12-98

© Joan Ann Lansberry
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