"Diana (Selene) and Endymion" by Francesco Solimena ‘Moon Song’ and Other Poetry by Michael Curtis The Society May 24, 2021 Beauty, Culture, Love Poems, Poetry 5 Comments . Moon Song Selene to Endymion Night, for ever, ever night. __Sleep as the Gods would sleep, __Beautiful boy; sleep; sleep; Rest ever in the cool night. I shall smile on you moon-bright, __Lay beside you and weep, __Weep. Gently shall I keep You young, lovely in the night. Shine silver still in slumber, __My boy. Immortal bliss, __Silent on the hillside kissed; Yet, never to remember. For me, pain; forever, sighs: Each day the loving Moon dies. __ __ Penetrate Ephialtes the Traitor describes the Spartan commander Leonidas (c. 540 – 19 September 480 B.C.) to the Persian king Xerces I (c. 518 – 465 B.C.) A man, rock hard nipples, hair on the ass: A thing of bronze, square jawed Leonidas Will not be turned. Descendant of Cadmus And Herakles, the father’s side. The discus, The javelin, the stade, in each, peerless. And I myself have seen him pierce a chest At fifty pace and stick him to a tree. Weapon of choice, the short sword, see his teeth, You are dead. Your force in whole shall not pass, He will not yield, O, Great King, Xerces. What, My clever Greek? Your eye smiles. Come. Tell me. There is a way, Lord of Hosts, he does not see, Behind, a narrow path. He, to attack, Is forward faced, You, stick him in the back. . . Michael Curtis is an architect, sculptor, painter, historian, and poet, has for more than 40 years contributed to the revival of the classical arts. He has taught and lectured at universities, colleges, and museums, including The Institute of Classical Architecture, The National Gallery of Art, et cetera; his pictures and statues are housed in over four hundred private and public collections, including The Library of Congress, The Supreme Court, et alibi; his verse has been published in over twenty journals; his work in the visual arts can be found at TheClassicalArtist.com, and his literary work can be found at TheStudioBooks.com. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 5 Responses paul buchheit May 24, 2021 Very nice, Michael. Beautiful sentiment in Moon Song, great imagery in Penetrate! Reply Paul Freeman May 24, 2021 Just took a mo to look up Selene and Endymion – education never ends. I loved ‘Moon Song’. Even the title has a certain beautiful darkness about it. A very layered poem. Is it about the selfishness or the futility of preserving beauty – or both? How do I feel from Endymion’s perspective? I’m still unravelling (‘processing’ is the buzz word these days, I believe) the interwoven themes. As for ‘Penetrate’, it took me right back to the film ‘300’, Michael. I hope Gerard Butler (last seen in ‘Greenland’) isn’t looking for you! Loved the poem. The voice of Ephialtes and his bitterness comes through a treat. The military precision of the iambic pentameter, done in rhyming couplets, juxtaposed to the unorthodox rhyming scheme for a sonnet and the half- and internal-rhyme at the ends of the lines seems to mirror Ephialtes’ deformity (unless I’m reading too much into it). Anyhow, excellent stuff! Reply Cheryl Corey May 27, 2021 For me, Moon Song has a very peaceful quality. I think the repetition of the word “sleep” in the beginning adds to that mood. I also like the assonance of the line that begins “Shine silver … ” It’s a lovely poem. Reply Dave Whippman May 30, 2021 “Penetrate” was a nice take on a moment of Greek history. Skilfully written work. Reply Michael Curtis June 1, 2021 Thank you, for the kind comments. Wishing good words, and good thoughts, to each. Sincerely… Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.