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Give me a place to stand.....

Sonnets on Love XIII

by Jean de Sponde

Translated by David R. Slavitt


"Give me a place to stand," Archimedes said,

"and I can move the world." Paradoxical, clever,

his remark which first explained the use of the lever

was an academic joke. But if that dead


sage could return to life, he would find a clear

demonstration of his idea, which is not

pure theory after all. That putative spot

exists in the love I feel for you, my dear.


What could be more immovable or stronger?

What becomes more and more secure, the longer

it is battered by inconstancy and the stress


we find in our lives? Here is that fine fixed point

from which to move a world that is out of joint,

as he could have done, had he known a love like this.


.........with this in mind.........

have a nice weekend!

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Taken on July 6, 2007