July/Aug 2017 • Vol. XXXIX No. 4 Poetry |

Two Epigrams from the “Greek Anthology”

Philodemus 6 (AP v. 115)    I loved Demo of Paphos. Fair enough.     Then, Demo the Samian. Still, normal stuff.     The third was from Nysa. It wasn't funny, this.     Then the fourth Demo came from Argolis.    I guess the Fates were feeling polysemous     to name this Demo-lover Philodemus. Antiphilus of Byzantium 9 (AP ix.546)     Just let me sleep in the stern on a strawy bed    while raindrops drum the awning overhead     and fire licks up through the hearthstones where     the kettle pops and crackles noise and air,     and let me watch the deckhand slice the meat,     then sit at a plank above the bridge and eat.     All this just happened: sea wind soughing, give    and take—the common folk know how to live. 

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