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Cleis



    Cleis

    Sappho


    Sleep, darling

    I have a small

    daughter called

    Cleis, who is

    like a golden

    flower

    I wouldn't

    take all Croesus'

    kingdom with love

    thrown in, for her

    ---

    Don't ask me what to wear

    I have no embroidered

    headband from Sardis to

    give you, Cleis, such as

    I wore

    and my mother

    always said that in her

    day a purple ribbon

    looped in the hair was thought

    to be high style indeed

    but we were dark:

    a girl

    whose hair is yellower than

    torchlight should wear no

    headdress but fresh flowers

    Sappho

    tr. Barnard


    This poem is one of many published by the EServer, a nonprofit collective.