Will Our Story Shine?

“I’ve done what I came here to do.”
-Tina Turner, 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey


To the wise person I say wise things:
The deep heavens are undefiled;
The waters of the sea are not moldering;
And gold is happiness!

But it is not in the nature of things
For gray old age to let a person revive
Her vibrant youth. And yet—

The luster of a mortal’s greatest hits
Does not fade with her body.
On the contrary, the Muse sustains it.

φρονέοντι συνετὰ γαρύω: βαθὺς μὲν
αἰθὴρ ἀμίαντος: ὕδωρ δὲ πόντου
οὐ σάπεται: εὐφροσύνα δ᾽ ὁ χρυσός:
ἀνδρὶ δ᾽ οὐ θέμις, πολιὸν παρέντα
γῆρας, θάλειαν αὖτις ἀγκομίσσαι
ἥβαν. ἀρετᾶς γε μὲν οὐ μινύθει
βροτῶν ἅμα σώματι φέγγος, ἀλλὰ
Μοῦσά νιν τρέφει.

Black and white photograph of Tina Turner on stage singing in the 1970s
Tina Turner, 1939-2023

Larry Benn has a B.A. in English Literature from Harvard College, an M.Phil in English Literature from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. Making amends for a working life misspent in finance, he’s now a hobbyist in ancient languages and blogs at featsofgreek.blogspot.com.

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