Ovid

(43 BCE - 17 CE / Rome / Italy)

Elegy V


In summer's heat and mid-time of the day
To rest my limbs upon a bed I lay,
One window shut, the other open stood,
Which gave such light, as twinkles in a wood,
Like twilight glimpse at setting of the sun,
Or night being past, and yet not day begun.
Such light to shamefast maidens must be shown,
Where they must sport, and seem to be unknown.
Then came Corinna in a long loose gown,
Her white neck hid with tresses hanging down:
Resembling fair Semiramis going to bed
Or Layis of a thousand wooers sped.
I snatched her gown, being thin, the harm was small,
Yet strived she to be covered there withal.
And striving thus as one that would be chaste,
Betrayed herself, and yeilded at the last.
Stark naked as she stood before mine eye,
Not one wen in her body could I spy.
What arms and shoulders did I touch and see,
How apt her breasts were to be pressed by me.
How smooth a belly under her waist saw I?
How large a leg, and what a lusty thigh?
To leave the rest, all liked me passing well,
I clinged her naked body, down she fell,
Judge you the rest, being tired she bade me kiss,
Jove sent me more such afternoons as this.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: kiss, summer, elegy, light, sun, night

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Elegy V by Ovid )

Enter the verification code :

Read all 1 comments »

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Alone, Edgar Allan Poe
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  4. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  7. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  8. Nothing Gold Can Stay, Robert Frost
  9. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Richard Lovelace

Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quiet mind
To war and arms I fly.

True, a new mistress now I chase,
...... Read complete »

   

New Poems

  1. This is the end, Maddie Lavial
  2. It isn't easy!, Lubinda Lubinda
  3. I Am Third, Perry Biggerstaff
  4. The Nigeria Political Vampires, Chinweokwu Sunlight M. Ndubu ..
  5. Alack! Afore! Alack! Afore!, Dexsta Ray
  6. WAR modern art-form of meaninglessness, George Dee Vuy
  7. I let myself, Elena Ioannou
  8. Love Is Hard, Is It Poetry
  9. Broken Waves, Pintu Mahakul
  10. PH: Poetry Writing: In Poetry, Brian Johnston
[Hata Bildir]