Page Number: 99

A Modest Proposal -or- A Prayer For Sappho

August 12th, 2004

PAGE FOOTNOTES: Sappho of the city of Mytilene, on the Greek isle of Lesbos, was forced by the circumstances of her time to marry a man to live in the world. Little remains today of her poetry, considered to have been among the greatest ever produced in the whole of history, save fragments; her subject matter was considered immoral by the dominating influence of the Catholic church over the ages and destroyed. Yet even through such effort to erase her from history, because of her greatness alone, is the island of Lesbos the origin of the word 'lesbian'.

"As the sweet apple blushes on the end of the bough,
 the very end of the bough which gatherers missed,
 nay, missed not, but could not reach." ~ Sappho of Lesbos, 600 BCE

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