Sunday, November 15, 2015

Nice genes

         We have a hearth with a fire that's always going,
         Fed with resiny pinelogs from the woods;
         Doorposts black with soot; we're bothered by
         The winter cold no more than wolves by sheep
         Or torrents by the banks that try to hold them.

 We've juniper trees and chestnut trees, and such
 Abundance that the ground is covered with
 What falls from the loaded boughs; a smiling scene;
 But if Alexis should desert these hills,
 The flowing streams would shrivel and run dry.

  VII, 9-10
  Thyrsis & Corydon
ca 35 BC
David Ferry
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999©

ii   Pasolini
iii  Pierre de Fennoÿl

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