fragment 137

August 4, 2013

I want to say something but shame
prevents me

yet if you had a desire for good or beautiful things
and your tongue were not concocting some evil to say,
shame would not hold down your eyes
but rather you would speak about what is just


that’s some heavy shit.
more than 2500 years ago,
and the bitch knew what was up!

*from anne carson’s translation, If not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho