Sappho – Kristiana Reed


You are painted with man’s desire

and God’s abhorrence of female lust.

You are lesbian, you are goddess,

you are teacher, anything other

than woman.

With a voice as tall as Homer’s,

as fiery as the flame

nurtured by Hestia.

In every fragment

we sketched your breasts,

imagined how you’d lick your lips

and squeeze your thighs together.

We never heard what you had to say,

to Aphrodite nor that maid,

but bought front row seats

to what we sought to portray –

sex and sensuality,

morals and lost virginity.

With your words in our mouths

we endeavoured to set you free.

For thousands of years

we have misunderstood our task,

is just to listen to you speak.

Kristiana Reed juggles writing and teaching English; in both vocations she endeavours to remind people of their self worth and how dazzlingly beautiful the world can be.

You can read more of Kristiana’s writing at My Screaming Twenties

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23 thoughts on “Sappho – Kristiana Reed

  1. Reblogged this on and commented:

    Today on Whisper and the Roar, Kristiana blows my mind again with her smart, unique talent for wordsmithing. ❤


  2. This is beautiful. I have a book ” If Not Winter : Fragments of Sappho” translated by Anne Carson. It is only fragments that’s for sure, but beautiful, your poem is a fine tribute to Sappho.

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    1. Thank you ☺️ This was actually a response to an essay written by Mary Beard about how we’ve tried to perceive her throughout history, to try to make sense of the fragments. What we always seem to forget is that first and foremost she is a poet x

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