Sappho’s Song

Last week I saw that two poems from Sappho of Lesbos have been discovered.

Sappho of Lesbos

Here’s my Sappho inspired poem from Wednesday Night Regular.

Sappho’s Song

Sing me no songs of the daylight
For the sun is the enemy of lovers
Sing me instead of shadows and darkness
And the memories of midnight

Sing me no songs of domestic brews
For the usual beers do not intoxicate
Sing me instead of red wine and absinthe
And the warmth of my intemperate muse

Sing me no songs of everyday women
For the office ladies offer no inspiration
Sing me instead of strippers and dancers
And dim nights at the club

Sing me no songs of bleached blonds
For they have nothing ‘neath their curls
Sing me instead of fiery red heads
And the misfortunes of virtue

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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6 Responses to Sappho’s Song

  1. writenaked says:

    LOVE this one! I can’t remember where I saw absinthe for sale recently, but I wanted to buy you one.

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  2. ts19page says:

    Sappho would be glad to sing for you, especially if she was a redhead.

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    • Thank you, Sharlyn! BTW, how did you find this very old post? It’s been getting a lot of hits these past few days and I have no idea why.

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      • ts19page says:

        Because I could not open your poem on the normal webpage- I went to the
        ‘reply’ icon..but trust me, I am not good at navigating sites and may have made an error. I also cannot post comments anymore without going through an entire sign-in procedure… my WordPress site is not working and I don’t really have time to study it to learn more…Especially right now as I am packing to flee a category 4 hurricane. Still, thanks as always for your friendly feedback on my work. Sincerely, Sharlyn

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