Join (Free!) | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
   Services MarketPlace (Free to post!)
Where Authors and Readers come together!


Featured Authors:  Audrey Coatesworth, iMiranda Pope, iDarden North, iBatya Casper, iNeale Sourna, iRoland Allnach, iT.W. Fendley, i

  Home > Vision/Metaphysical > Poetry
Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Pierfrancesco La Mura

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Poetry
· 5 Titles
· 10 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
Member Since: Jul, 2007

Pierfrancesco La Mura, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.

Featured Book
Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II
by Jay Dubya

Snake Eyes and Boxcars, Part II is a collection of 14 sci-fi/paranormal stories and is author Jay Dubya's 13th story collection and is also his 33rd hardcover book...  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Featured Book
Blooming Red: Christmas Poems for the Rational
by Carolyn HowardJohnson

Here is a chapbook of Christmas poems that can be used instead of Christmas cards or last-minute gifts. Each is only $6.95--only a little more than a great Hallmark card..  
BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Popular Poetry (Vision/Metaphysical)
  1.  Where Have All The Poets Gone?
  2.  Seven
  3.  A thorn is as beautiful as the rose
  4.  Mist
  5.  One Of Us
  6.  befofe the big bang--what?
  7.  Creedence Of Truth
  8.  Oligarchy of Inadequacy
  9.  While I Wait For You
  10.  Soul Mate
  11.  Passionate Drops Of Cosmic Energy
  12.  Inescapable
  13.  The Search
  14.  Heaven on Earth
  15.  Making of Love & The Rosary of Thong-less
  17.  A Fractal Image of You
  18.  A Question of Time
  19.  The Mystic's Dream
  20.  Fulfill My Fantasy

Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite
by Pierfrancesco La Mura

Sunday, November 02, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
Share   Print  Save   Become a Fan

Recent poems by Pierfrancesco La Mura
•  Il Ciarlavotto (an Italian translation of L. Carroll's Jabberwocky)
•  Ululato (Howl)
•  Enciclica
•  The Song of Hate (a translation of Il Canto dell'Odio, by L. Stecchetti)
           >> View all 5

A translation of Sappho's Hymn to Aphrodite in the original Sapphic stanza. The same text with a brief commentary is at

Deathless Aphrodite, whose throne is cunning
craft, ensnarer, daughter of God, I pray you,
don't subdue with torments and sorrows my heart,
Mistress, but rather

Come, if ever in the past you felt my call
from afar, and heeded it, seeping out of
the paternal abode, shining of gold, and
rapidly took off,

After harnessing your cart; sweet, quick sparrows
led you around dark landscapes, feathers densely
spinning, heavenly spheres travelling through mid
air, all the way down,

And very soon they came; you then, exalted,
with immortal countenance, smiling probed me:
what arose, that once again made me suffer,
and once again call,

What'd most desire that in the frenzied soul would
happen, who am I again being persuaded
you shall win over to your love, who, Sappho,
is misbehaving?

Now may still flee, but quickly shall run after;
now may refuse all gifts, but soon shall offer;
and, if not already in love, shall be in love soon;
willingly, or loath.

Once again come hither, and set me free, I
pray you, from distressing cares; let the yearning
soul accomplish all it vowed; and be, yourself,
my very own ally.

Want to review or comment on this poem?
Click here to login!

Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!

Reviewed by Donna Quesinberry 3/19/2009
Don't mind Gretta Blake - she's a post-humus pretentious cunt. And, unless the poetry is "wealth" driven - she just posts insults and slanderous commentary.

She's a female prick.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/15/2008
I agree with Belle; this has a "classical" flavor to it. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace,

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 11/3/2008
I found one I could read! And it is beautiful and classic.
Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us

Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.