Quantcast
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

"Horace: Ode I.25" and "Atalanta and Hippomenes"

John Gallagher
John Gallagher

Horace: Ode I.25

  • How infrequent now the insistent tap
  • Of bold young fingers at your well-latched sash.
  • No sleepless nights for you: the door that once
  • Rocked loose and lively on an easy hinge
  • Clings stiff and silent at the threshold’s lip.
  • Less and less you hear the old familiar song:
  • “Why do you… why, dear Lydia, my sweet,
  • Sleep the night through, while I die in the street!”
  • Oh, you in turn will weep for faithless loves,
  • When they disdain the old crow for younger birds.
  • You in turn will moan in empty roads
  • Louder than an unruly Thracian wind,
  • When that burning itch of anxious love,
  • Which so often drives the gray mares mad,
  • Rages around your cankerous heart. Lament,
  • You will lament, as lusty young men, flushed
  • With the fervor of spring, delight in green
  • Twists of ivy, the writhing myrtle’s sheen,
  • And cast dry leaves on an icy breeze,
  • Mute oblations back to winter’s bride.

Atalanta and Hippomenes (A contemporary love story)

  • talia dicentem molli Schoeneia vultu
  • adspicit et dubitat, superari an vincere malit.*
  • Ovid Metamorphoses (10.609-610)
  • She’s texting for a hookup, skipping down
  • The apartment stairs. Long-nailed fingers grope for words,
  • Race past the pad in swift necessity: (frown
  • Or smile:) vestigia, grammatic shards
  • (Punctuating play); a wink or wince her sign.
  • Pornography and emoticons replace
  • The carved initials and the heart, refine
  • His ancient impulses to a flashing pace
  • And ringtone touch. (She laughs; she sighs; she rolls
  • Her apple eyes, licks her teeth, rubs her thighs:)
  • A moment’s delay; (she keeps him in suspense;)
  • (Flips the phone closed; opens it:) 3 MISSED CALLS
  • Confirm his appetite and soon convince
  • Her she is his and he her golden prize!
  • ____________________
  • * “Atalanta sees him saying such things with softening eyes
  • And wonders if it’s sweeter to conquer or to be his prize.”

John Gallagher holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from the University of Dallas. He and his family live in Oregon, where he has worked on the administrative side of higher education for the past 15 years. 

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Mother's Saloon in OB is closing its doors

After almost a decade, no lease renewal
Next Article

Derek Walcott: poem and prayer

Celebrating life in all its natural a supernatural fullness
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

John Gallagher
John Gallagher

Horace: Ode I.25

  • How infrequent now the insistent tap
  • Of bold young fingers at your well-latched sash.
  • No sleepless nights for you: the door that once
  • Rocked loose and lively on an easy hinge
  • Clings stiff and silent at the threshold’s lip.
  • Less and less you hear the old familiar song:
  • “Why do you… why, dear Lydia, my sweet,
  • Sleep the night through, while I die in the street!”
  • Oh, you in turn will weep for faithless loves,
  • When they disdain the old crow for younger birds.
  • You in turn will moan in empty roads
  • Louder than an unruly Thracian wind,
  • When that burning itch of anxious love,
  • Which so often drives the gray mares mad,
  • Rages around your cankerous heart. Lament,
  • You will lament, as lusty young men, flushed
  • With the fervor of spring, delight in green
  • Twists of ivy, the writhing myrtle’s sheen,
  • And cast dry leaves on an icy breeze,
  • Mute oblations back to winter’s bride.

Atalanta and Hippomenes (A contemporary love story)

  • talia dicentem molli Schoeneia vultu
  • adspicit et dubitat, superari an vincere malit.*
  • Ovid Metamorphoses (10.609-610)
  • She’s texting for a hookup, skipping down
  • The apartment stairs. Long-nailed fingers grope for words,
  • Race past the pad in swift necessity: (frown
  • Or smile:) vestigia, grammatic shards
  • (Punctuating play); a wink or wince her sign.
  • Pornography and emoticons replace
  • The carved initials and the heart, refine
  • His ancient impulses to a flashing pace
  • And ringtone touch. (She laughs; she sighs; she rolls
  • Her apple eyes, licks her teeth, rubs her thighs:)
  • A moment’s delay; (she keeps him in suspense;)
  • (Flips the phone closed; opens it:) 3 MISSED CALLS
  • Confirm his appetite and soon convince
  • Her she is his and he her golden prize!
  • ____________________
  • * “Atalanta sees him saying such things with softening eyes
  • And wonders if it’s sweeter to conquer or to be his prize.”

John Gallagher holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English literature from the University of Dallas. He and his family live in Oregon, where he has worked on the administrative side of higher education for the past 15 years. 

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Casinos defend decision to re-open despite governor’s concerns

A Calculated Risk
Next Article

Bolt Brewery: predictably delish since 1987

“Tonight couldn’t have come soon enough.”
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer News — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Set 'em Up Joe — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close