Ahlame-Homage to Sappho


"Ahlame-Dance of the Poetess" Oil on Canvas 36x24"


child of Zeus, weaving wiles--I beg you
not to subdue my spirit, Queen,
with pain or sorrow
but come--if ever before
having heard my voice from far away
you listened, and leaving your father's
golden home you came
in your chariot yoked with swift, lovely
sparrows bringing you over the dark earth
thick-feathered wings swirling down
from the sky through mid-air
arriving quickly--you, Blessed One,
with a smile on your unaging face
asking again what have I suffered
and why am I calling again
and in my wild heart what did I most wish
to happen to me: "Again whom must I persuade
back into the harness of your love?
Sappho, who wrongs you?
For if she flees, soon she'll pursue,
she doesn't accept gifts, but she'll give,
if not now loving, soon she'll love
even against her will."
Come to me now again, release me from
this pain, everything my spirit longs
to have fulfilled, fulfill, and you
be my ally

Who is the mythic poetess Sappho (c.600 BCE) and does the mystery of her voice still resonate with the songs of love and freedom for you? Whether she is translated as the Victorian Sappho or The Complete Poems of Sappho responding to her poetry goes unabated and inspires deeply a poets love of love and words. Sappho is the uninhibited voice of the poetess in love with eternal love as the painter is with ephemeral light.



Sappho by Auguste Charles Mengin (1853-1933)
You can celebrate April the national Month of Poetry by reading about Sappho at N.S. Gill's Ancient History Blog or here at Mythography.


2 comments:

Kathy said...

What a brilliant painting! It's entrancing and alluring. I love the movement of light as it reflects her lively dance. You are a master!!

Painting & Drawing for the Perpetual Art Lover said...

Kathy, spoken from one master to another, your new work has me spell bound. I can't wait to see the originals up close and personal. http://k-cartwright.blogspot.com/ They are the visual sounds of the eternal whirring in the mechanistic process.