Day Thirty-Six and HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!!
Posted by Elisa Beatty Feb 14 2011, 3:00 am
How wonderful to have an entire holiday devoted to love! Each day this week I’ll be posting a different love poem, starting with these ancient fragments from the Greek poet Sappho, which suggest falling love has always felt much like it does today:
That man to me seems equal to the gods,
the man who sits opposite you
and close by listens
to your sweet voice
and your enticing laughter—
that indeed has stirred up the heart in my breast.
For whenever I look at you even briefly
I can no longer say a single thing,
but my tongue is frozen in silence;
instantly a delicate flame runs beneath my skin;
with my eyes I see nothing;
my ears make a whirring noise.
A cold sweat covers me,
trembling seizes my body,
and I am greener than grass.