World Poetry Day – March 21, 2015

Transcreating Virgil’s Latin verse (at bottom in Italics) I offer, as an amateur poet, his Eclogues, IX, 33 in English to portray today’s special significance to bards of all stripes around the globe:

I too have songs up my sleeve;
I too have been called a poet
By herdsmen I do not believe.
For I feel I cannot compare yet
With Cinna or Varius,
But cackle like a goose
‘Mong swans melodious.

Sunt et mihi carmina,
   me quoque dicunt
Vatem pastores; sed non
   ergo cedulus illis.
Nam neque adhuc Vario
   videor nec dicere Cinna
Digna, sed argutos inter
   strepere anser olores.

 Copyright © 2015 Azim Lewis Mayadas

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