Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Gaius Valerius Catullus

Little bird, my girlfriend loves you
and loves to play with
you, to hold you
in her bosom, to dangle her finger
for you to nip at.
When she,
the radiant girl of my longing,
delights in sweet silly games
with you,
I think she is seeking comfort for her sorrows,
to soothe her
troubled heart.
If only my sad soul could find such relief
by playing
with you!

εικών α΄: Fresco from Herculaneum, presumably showing a love couple

εικών β΄: 1866, Gustave Courbet - Woman with a Parrot