Richard Aldington(8 July 1892 - 27 July 1962 / Portsmouth, Hampshire)
The Faun Sees Snow for the First Time
- by Richard Aldington41
Zeus, Brazen-thunder-hurler, Cloud-whirler, son-of-Kronos, Send vengeance on these Oreads Who strew White frozen flecks of mist and cloud Over the brown trees and the tufted grass Of the meadows, where the stream Runs black through shining banks Of bluish white.
Zeus, Are the halls of heaven broken up That you flake down upon me Feather-strips of marble?
Dis and Styx! When I stamp my hoof The frozen-cloud-specks jam into the cleft So that I reel upon two slippery points ...
Fool, to stand here cursing When I might be running!
- by Richard Aldington40
Plus quan se atque suos amavit omnes, nunc... - Catullus
You were my playmate by the sea. We swam together. Your girl's body had no breasts.
We found prawns among the rocks; We liked to feel the sun and to do nothing; In the evening we played games with the others.
It made me glad to be by you.
Sometimes I kissed you, And you were always glad to kiss me; But I was afraid - I was only fourteen.
And I had quite forgotten you, You and your name.
To-day I pass through the streets. She who touches my arms and talks with me Is - who knows? - Helen of Sparta, Dryope, Laodamia ...
And there are you A whore in Oxford Street.
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