Sappho

(c. 600 BCE / Greece)

Jealousy - Poem by Sappho

He must feel blooded with the spirit of a god
to sit opposite you and listen, and reply,
to your talk, your laughter, your touching,
breath-held silences. But what I feel, sitting here
and watching you, so stops my heart and binds
my tongue that I can't think what I might say
to breach the aureole around you there.
It's as if someone with flint and stone had sparked
a fire that kindled the flesh along my arms
and smothered me in its smoke-blind rush.
Paler than summer grass, it seems
I am already dead, or little short of dying.


Comments about Jealousy by Sappho

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (6/7/2016 11:55:00 PM)


    It's as if someone with flint and stone had sparked
    a fire that kindled the flesh along my arms
    and smothered me in its smoke-blind rush.
    Paler than summer grass, it seems
    I am already dead, or little short of dying.

    Nice piece of poetical work.
    Thanks for sharing it.
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  • Moira Cameron (6/7/2016 11:11:00 PM)


    Susan captures my thoughts exactly. Wonderfully expressed longing and yearning, and the pain of experiencing those bittersweet emotions. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2016 10:14:00 PM)


    doesn't really bind her tongue (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (6/7/2016 5:59:00 PM)


    Oh, such yearning! So amazing to know it was written long long ago yet speaks just as readily to our hearts as it did back then.! PH, give us more of this quality writing please. We like being stunned and amazed and rather speechless.. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2016 5:56:00 PM)


    ...........so amazing, the feelings of admiration and jealousy
    are both described absolutely accurate ★
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  • Barry Middleton (6/7/2016 7:30:00 AM)


    This poem is an absolute 10 if ever there was a 10. (Report) Reply

  • (6/7/2016 3:00:00 AM)


    Awesome style as also contents of this marvelously envisioned poem. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Simone Inez Harriman (6/7/2016 1:59:00 AM)


    Stunning poem. I was held riveted to the images. Well penned. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/7/2016 1:19:00 AM)


    It's as if someone with flint and stone! ! Nice piece of work. (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (6/7/2016 12:40:00 AM)


    already died or little short of dying, beautiful. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 1, 2015



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