Only the adjective outlive them

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A song in the valley of Nemea:

Sing quiet, quite quiet here.

Song for the brides of Argos

Combing the swarms of golden hair:

Quite quiet, quiet there.

Under the rolling comb of grass,

The sword outrusts the golden helm.

Agammenon under tumulus serene

Outsmiles the jury of skeletons:

Cool under cumulus the lion queen:

Only the drum can celebrate,

Only the adjective outlive them.

A song in the valley of Nemea:

Sing quiet, quiet, quiet here.

Tone of the frog in the empty well,

Drone of the bald bee on the cold skull,

Quiet, Quiet, Quiet.

Lawrence Durrell – Nemea (1940). Photos from the island of Hvar, August 21 2014.

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