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(c. 600 BCE / Greece)

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He is more than a hero

He is more than a hero
he is a god in my eyes--
the man who is allowed
to sit beside you -- he

who listens intimately
to the sweet murmur of
your voice, the enticing

laughter that makes my own
heart beat fast. If I meet
you suddenly, I can'

speak -- my tongue is broken;
a thin flame runs under
my skin; seeing nothing,

hearing only my own ears
drumming, I drip with sweat;
trembling shakes my body

and I turn paler than
dry grass. At such times
death isn't far from me

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002


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  • Ruby Honeytip (12/6/2012 8:37:00 PM)

    Wow! ! This is soaked in such intense feeling. Truly...artfully....beautiful: ^)

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  • Kaz Porterfield (2/8/2008 1:27:00 AM)

    Sappho wrote such a beautiful poem. Part of this poem was used in the Episode Many Happy Returns from Xena: Warrior Princess.

  • Brittney Wilhoit (3/21/2006 7:08:00 PM)

    Sappho is so amazing and this poem is so beautiful she really is a muse

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