Since today, Easter Sunday, is a special day, we have awarded Lesbian Of The Day to a truly holy woman in the lesbian world: Sappho.
Sappho was an Ancient Greek poetess, born on the island of Lesbos sometime between 630 and 612 BC. Little is known about her life as the bulk of her poetry has been lost, but the few surviving fragments have cemented her reputation as one of the ancient world's great poets.
Of course her name and birthplace are the sources of the words "sapphic" and "lesbian".
Here is a fragment of one of her poems:
Some the army of cavalry, others of infantry
or of ships say upon this dark earth
that is the fairest. But I say fairest is that: whoever you love.
It's easy to make this clear to all.
For she who far surpassed all human beings in beauty, Helen
abandoned the finest man and to Troy sailed,
and neither her child nor her beloved parents thought her, not for a moment.
This made me now think of Anaktoria, not being here anymore, Oh I wish I could see the enamoring step and the shiny glare of her face, rather than Lydians' chariots and infantry's battles and armor.
Love shook my soul, like on the mountain the wind upon the oaks falls.
Carol Ann Duffy is an out British poet and playwright. Earlier this year she was appointed Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom, the first female and the first openly homosexual person to ascend to the traditional post. Today she published her new Christmas work which attacks the war in Afghanistan, MP's expenses, banking and many more current issues.
Public roles should be inhabited comfortably and happily by people whatever their sexuality is.
- Carol Ann Duffy