Our Kisses

Our kisses
Rhodope
let us steal
and slip
with furtive ease
like burglars
into bed.

To cheat the eyes
of stern
leering prudes
adds honey to
love’s cup.

 

(Paulos (late 6th century), trans. Andrew Millar)

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