With only words about perfect Patroklos to go on,
his sculptor will always see something to touch up.
The marble of his gorgeous Kaisarion has gone yellow.
He can't get Scipio quite right.
He won't be sending off his Poseidon in a hurry either -
'his' horses must appear to be galloping in air.
He can only show you one perfect piece -
his Young Hermes aka Not For Release.
Sunday, March 14, 2021
Topic(s) of this poem: ideals,art,perfection
POET'S NOTES ABOUT THE POEM
15,3,21. After Cavafy poem 'Sculptor of Tyana'. Picture: the Flying Horse of Gansu 2nd century C.E.; only one foot short of 'galloping in air'. The foot is actually standing on a flying swallow.
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