Innocence is no earthly weapon

the_third_reich_1933_1945_by_birdie95 on deviant art

painting by birdie 95 on deviant art

 

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The Coloseum, Rome

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Ovid  was a Roman poet who is best known as the author of the three major collections of poetry: Heroides, Amores, and Ars Amatoria, and of the Metamorphoses.

 

I am not a Latin scholar, and only know the poet Ovid by his name, but I found this poem written by the great English poet Geoffrey Hill    very thought-provoking.

 

Ovid in the Third Reich                 by Geoffrey Hill, 1968

 

non peccat, quaecumque potest peccasse negare, solaque famosam culpa professa facit.

 

translation: he does not sin, not sin who can deny it,

and only makes a fault.

Amores, III, xiv

 

I love my work and my children. God

Is distant, difficult. Things happen.

Too near the ancient troughs of blood

Innocence is no earthly weapon.

 

I have learned one thing: not to look down

So much upon the damned. They, in their sphere,

Harmonize strangely with the divine

Love. I, in mine, celebrate the love-choir.

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/harmonize/”>Harmonize</a&gt;

Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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