Mourn This Sparrow, By Gaius Valerius Catullus
Mourn, O Graces and Loves,
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Mourn This Sparrow, By Gaius Valerius Catullus. 1967. Here again is the renowned sparrow of the first century B.C. in Roman territory. Is there a more famous bird in the age that is ancient? This sparrow and free verse can be friends. Free verse can have import and casualness the way a sparrow can: free verse should have this. The death of this sparrow is an occurrence lingering wherever lingering can be; the death, in a fashion, is more immortal than life sometimes hopes to be. The harshness of Orcus will not die. A cause is given for the eyes of a girl being red and heavy with weeping, and that cause persists in saying: I'm here.
From Hail, American Development (Definition Press)
© 1968 by Eli Siegel