Monday, January 4, 2010

Es lepus

vir facie, mulier gestu, sed crure quod ambo,
jurgia naturae nullo discrimine solvens,
es lepus, et tanti conculcas colla leonis.

// Ennodius, Epigram LII (c. 500)

Man in appearance, lady in gesture, but in between the legs a bit of both,
resolving nature's quarrels by ignoring its distinctions,
you're a hare, and you stand on the neck of a mighty lion.

1 comment:

A Stygian Elysium said...

the idea of resolving a quarrel by ignoring distinctions: surprisingly uplifting. a unity of total alterity toward the good end of bringing peace