Poetry Tuesday: Her Heart So Striken

Alcaeus lived in the 6th or 7th century BC, so this cannot be considered a rebuttal to “the face that launched 1000 ships.”

. . . Her heart so stricken, Helen
clutched her breast and wept for Paris
as he, in turn, deceived his host;
and she stole away on his boat,
abandoning her child and her husband’s bed. . .

And now how many brothers of Paris
lie planted in black earth
across the plains of Troy?
All for that woman, chariots ground to dust,
noble, olive-skinned men all slaughtered
on her behalf.



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