Saturday, June 26, 2010

lunar beauty (notes from my lunar insomnia)

1274922061985  Asteres me'n a?mfi ka'lan sela'nnan
a?^ips a?pykru'ptoisi fa'ennon ei?^dos,
o?'ppota plh'ðoisa ma'lista la'mphs
a?rguria ga^n.




The gleaming stars all about the shining moon
Hide their bright faces, when full-orbed and splendid
In the sky she floats, flooding the shadowed earth
with clear silver light.



(Sappho, quoted by Eustathius of Thessalonica in the twelfth century.) Tonight, I, the moon, and Bois des Isles sit silently together, looking out over an illuminated landscape.  Perfect contentm1274921786207ent and absolute restlessness vie with one another within my mortal frame. Just another sleepless night on the full moon.



My husband took a bunch of really cool photos of the full moon from my dissertation advisor’s country home in Danby, New York. As I sit alone, awake, tonight, I think it is quite a nice series. But then, I’m partial. Sleep well, all.1274921903663



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Don’t let the bedbugs bite…..



Credits: text from http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/sappho/sappho0.htm



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