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Lay for the Day
2nd January

Publius Ovidius Naso, the poet Ovid, author of Metamorphoses, died in exile on this day in AD17.

She says, When they turn to you
my thoughts rejoice and travel
like the snakes according to legend
holding their tails in their mouths
and rolling like hoops down the hill,
as I go with her among the grass.


John Gibbens
from Simples


The Lay Reader: an archive of the poetic calendar