Poetry in Motion


Thank You, My Dear


Thank you, my dear

you came, and you did
well to come: I needed
you. You have made

love blaze up in
my breast—bless you!
Bless you as often

as the hours have
been endless to me
while you were gone.

Translated from the Greek by Mary Barnard

"Thank You, My Dear," translated by Mary Barnard, fom Sappho: A New Translation. Copyright © 1958 by The Regents of the University of California. Reprinted with the permission of University of California Press.