OF BIRDS & FLOWERS
Letters from Nossis in Lorci, 3rd C., BCE
1. Homage to a Bird
Grieve at her graveside, smile and linger with Rinthon
of Syracuse... that brightest of singers, whose
voice was her own, her loves the leaves of laurels:
that modest, that smallest nightingale of the muse.
2. Oral Tradition
No flavour, no scent can surpass the sweetness and power of love:
I am Nossis
– and I suspect you know what I mean.
I burn for its testing taste on my tongue... more than for honey.
Lilacs of Cyprus loved by Thomas Land: rejoice
in the nectar, songs and moans and cries of your yearning flowers.
Thomas Orszag-Land is a poet and award-winning foreign correspondent covering Eastern Europe. His poetry has been published by Message in a Bottle; and it appears in current, forthcoming or very recent issues of Acumen, Ambit, The Hungarian Quarterly, The Jewish Quarterly, The London Magazine, and Stand.
Art Work by Derek Sellen