Poetry Tuesday: To A Swallow

By Euenos, somewhere in Greece (most likely), about 2000 years ago.

Relish honey. If you please
Regale yourself on Attic bees.
But spare, O airy chatterer,
Spare the chattering grasshopper!

Winging, spare his gilded wings,
Chatterer, his chatterings.
Summer’s child, do not molest
Him the summer’s humblest guest.

Snatch not for your hungry young
One who like yourself has sung–
For it is neither just nor fit
That poets should each other eat.

;o)

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