BLACK CAT POEMS
html website builder
Offering to Pan
Anna de Noailles
translated by Jethro Bithell
THIS wooden cup, black as an apple pip,
Where I with hard insinuating knife
Have carved a vine-leaf curling to its tip
With node and fold and tendril true to
I yield it up to Pan in
Of that day when the shepherd Damis rushed
Upon me, snatched it, and drank after me,
Laughing when at his impudence I blushed.
Not knowing where the horned god's altar is,
I leave my offering in the rock's cleft here.
--But now my heart is burning for a kiss
More deep, and longer clinging, and more near . . .
poems by Anna de Noailles