“And openly I pledged my heart to the grave and suffering earth, and often in the sacred night I promised to love it faithfully until death, without fear, with its heavy load of fatality, and to despise none of its enigmas. Thus I bound myself to it with a mortal cord.“
of Sicyon was a Greek lyric poet of the 5th century BC. She was
considered one of the “immortal-tongued” women poets of
Greece, and was highly esteemed in her time.
I offer here one of her especially poignant poems; to me, one of the most beautiful and touching of all poems. Perhaps she is contemplating her own mortality and all she must leave behind. Perhaps, reading it today, we may find ourselves contemplating the mortality of the entire human species, and all we must leave behind:
Most beautiful of things I leave is sunlight; Then come glazing stars and the moon's face; Then ripe cucumbers and apples and pears.