After Sappho

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Death, does thou lie?
What lies beyond the breath
No bright reversion shalt

Thou gain, given a lifetime of faith
Death, be not so cold
After you, what can remain?

An extinction of what was once
A company of many friends
Or loneliness dies to itself

To be reborn in someone else
There was a time to wander here
To think of life’s empowerment

To learn, and laugh, and love
For some mortal months
Death, take me, subdue my story

With the ending fit for all hearts
It does not matter how we die
We shall die, and that’s art

It’s poetry to die and wonder
Thou bringest all endings here
Here to a universe of expanding light

With only time to gather or pluck
The shortest quivering sentiment
Of what it meant to live.

8 thoughts on “After Sappho

  1. What I love most about this piece is that if it ‘absorbed’ entirely, it forces the reader to Focus, consider and compare their own true thoughts about death. I’ve been obessessed forever myself. Truly beautifuly written.
    ❤ Kyla

  2. I love the classical verse, I have a book, If Not Winter, the fragments of Sappho, I could feel the antiquity and beautiful fragments here. Lovely.

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