Poesis Latina A Marco Moskowitz scripta
Latin Poetry by Marc Moskowitz

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Disticha Diurna
Daily Couplets

Pridie Id. Aug. MCMXCIX distichon fortuito in verbo quotidie scribere coepi.
On August 12, 1999 I started writing a couplet on a random word every day.


prid. Id. Aug. MCMXCIX

Ictus amiciter actus acutulum adest epigramma.
  Tuta potestas est. Quare igitur trepidas?

In a Friendly Way

August 12, 1999

A blow placed in a friendly way, here is the somewhat subtle epigram.
  Your power is safe. So why are you shaking?



Stant humiles sine præsidiis et divite coram.
  "Certe," inquit dives. "Arvum idem id est quod aro."

Humble, Low, or Earthy

August 13, 1999

The humble stand without protections and in front of the rich man.
  "Of course," says the rich man. "It's the same soil that I plow."


a.d.xviii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Phoca natat per
aquam, nitet æquor et
unda recedit.
  Stat præ litore pes.
  Calx in harenam iniit.


August 15, 1999

A seal swims through the
water, the surface shines and
a wave falls away.
  A foot stands on the shore.
  The heel has entered the sand.


a.d.xvii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Orpheus Eurydicæ: "Nostra Plutonia fata
  nil mutare potest." Eurydice: "Valeas."

August 16, 1999

Orpheus to Eurydice: "Our Plutonian fates
  nothing can change." Eurydice: "Fare well."


a.d. xvi Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Arcis inanis moenia flent trans Marmora cædem;
  Una nunc horrent mortua mille die.

Empty or Lifeless

August 17, 1999

The walls of the empty citadel weep for the slaughter across the Marmora;
  They shudder now at a thousand dead in one day.


a.d. xv Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Mox exordior inde per aerem egomet sine somno
  ad longinqua loca. Stare volo, nec agi.

To Begin

August 18, 1999

Soon I set out from there, I without sleep
  to faraway places. I wish to stay, not to be driven.


a.d. xiv Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Enupsisse pater dicis Luciliam amato.
  Nonne etiam gaudes? Julia eam futuit.

To Marry Out Of Her Rank

August 19, 1999

When Lucilia married her beloved, you, her father, said she married beneath her.
  Even now you're not rejoicing? Julia's screwing her.


a.d. xiii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Delectus semper est, hodierna an disticha pangam.
  Hoc non conficiam. Dimidium satis est.


August 20, 1999

There is always a choice, whether I write today's couplets.
  I won't finish this one. Half is enough.


a.d. xii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Gæa sitella fuit, pariter sortes tibi datæ;
  Lætis iam captis, quid manet in spatio?

Lottery Urn

August 21, 1999

Earth has been a lottery jar, the lots given to you equally,
  Now that the happy ones have been taken, what remains in the space?


a.d. x Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Vasta tacens terra splendet, quae nemine visast.
  Mule, ineamus agrum. Nos, age! monstra vocant.


August 23, 1999

A vast silent land shines, which has been seen by no one.
  Mule, let's enter the field. The monsters (get going!) call us.


a.d. ix Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Pervolgant celebrum res gestas nuntia vestra;
  Nuntia qui narras, his ita fis celeber.

To Make Public

August 24, 1999

Your news makes public the deeds of the famous;
  You who tell the news, with this you are thus made famous.


a.d. viii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Offulget Beccæ per velum sol; ea dormit.
  Experrecta fiat, cum bene versum habeo.

To Shine Upon

August 25, 1999

The sun shines on Becca through the curtains; she sleeps.
  Let her be awakened, when I have this verse well in hand.


a.d. vii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Sævit Erinys. Adest aliquis qui peccat in omne.
  Sed dubitat quis sit. Quisque senator abest.


August 26, 1999

The Fury rages. There is someone here who sins in all things.
  But she is unsure who it is. Every senator is absent.


a.d. vi Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Hora recurabit quod alunt medicamina nulla;
  Non ipse ægroto. Sed properantia? Sic.

To Restore To Health

August 27, 1999

An hour restores what no medicines nourish;
  I myself am not sick. But my hurry? Yes.


a.d. iii Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Ingressi terras numquam legionibus ictas
  Hinnit mulus "ave" dum nova mira hio.

To Enter, Step Into

August 30, 1999

Having entered lands never struck by legions,
  The mule neighs "hey" while I gape at new wonders.


Prid. Kal. Sep. MCMXCIX

Anna reclinat se tantum ut graviter cadit Anna.
  Circumstant cives. Sunt subito profugi.

To Lean

August 31, 1999

Anna leans so far that Anna falls down hard.
  Citizens stand around. They are suddenly homeless.



"Cur intervolitas, O blatta, macellaque vexas?"
  "Hic quod emis care, tu ecce! libenter edo."

To Flit About

September 1, 1999

"Why do you flit about, O cockroach, and bother the markets?"
  "What you buy dearly here, look! I happily eat."


a.d. iv Non. Sep. MCMXCIX

Surrufam lucem quæ de furno nitet odi.
  Non quod cygnus sum, sed quia pistor eram.


September 2, 1999

I hate the reddish light that shines from the oven.
  Not because I am a swan, but because I used to be a baker.


a.d. iii Non. Sep. MCMXCIX

Sat Venusinus amor sermones scribere magnos.
  Scribere sic cupis. Nonne es eundus eo?

Of Venusia, Home of Horace

September 3, 1999

The Venusian passion suffices to write great satires.
  You wish to write thus. Shouldn't you go there?


prid. Non. Sep. MCMXCIX

Sculptilis ardeola stabit præ limine semper.
  Cum ruerint portæ, nonne volare volet?


September 4, 1999

The carved heron will stand forever in front of the threshold.
  When the doors will have fallen, will it not wish to fly?


a.d. vii Id. Sep. MCMXCIX: Pro Magistra Ellen Schwartz

Nunc enascitur æstati gravidi novus infans;
  Eius mens surget dum recidet viride.

To Be Born Out Of

September 7, 1999

Now a new infant is born out of the pregnant summer.
  Its mind will rise as the green falls back.


a.d. vi Id. Sep. MCMXCIX

Versus in Atlantam Shermanam aciem bene struxit.
  Urbs quam dux ussit fumiferast iterum.


September 8, 1999

In towards Atlanta Sherman's battle line he drew up well.
  The city the general burned is smoky again.


a.d. v Id. Sep. MCMXCIX

Auriti sceleris sit fabula reddita sæpe;
  Quisque benignus homo clade sua fruitur.


September 9, 1999

May the tale of the long-eared scoundrel be told again often;
  Every kind-hearted man enjoys his fall.


a.d. iv Id. Sep. MCMXCIX

Nupsit, amat, comitat; non est mihi carior ullum.
  Gratia dicta quod est femina tanta mihi!

To Marry

September 10, 1999

She married, she loves, she accompanies; nothing is dearer to me.
  Thanks are said because such a woman is mine!



Galla ciniflo fit, quæ cincinnos prius odit.
  Mutavit quæ res? Follica gesta Zizou.


September 13, 1999

Galla becomes a hair-curler, who used to hate curled hair.
  What thing changed? The ball-playing deed of Zizou.


a.d. xviii Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Tam saturos vestes gessisti, sicuti dives.
  Nuncne Nemausi sunt? Mutua tu mihi da.


September 14, 1999

You wore such rich clothes, as if you were rich.
  Now they're denim? Give me a loan.


a.d. xvii Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Ex phylaca serpis, quotiens te vincula claudunt.
  Te tam sollertem cur capiunt vigiles?


September 15, 1999

You creep out of jail each time the manacles enclose you.
  If you're so clever, why do the police catch you?


a.d. xvi Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Verba Quirini sic: Colit heu divos alios urbs.
  Non hæ Roma meast. Rectius esset Hiems.

September 16, 1999

The words of Quirinus are thus: Alas, the city worships other gods.
  This is not my Rome. More correctly would it be Jeers.


a.d. xv Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Quæ solacia sunt mihi cum sine rete laboro?
  Mente modo placida pergere quidquid ago.


September 17, 1999

What solaces are there for me when I work without a safety net?
  Only, with a calm mind, to continue what I do.


a.d. xii Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Corda gelare solent, nihilominus, omnia pulsant.
  Nullum vivit cor. Sæcula pulsuum erunt.

To Freeze

September 20, 1999

Hearts tend to freeze, nevertheless, they all beat.
  No heart lives. The ages will belong to the beats.


a.d. ix Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Quam mulina volant per cælis his nova monstra!
  Una umbra a nobis hora peracta fuit.


September 23, 1999

What mulish new wonders fly through these skies!
  An hour had been passed by us in one shadow.


a.d. vi Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Degenerari par monet atque favore cadendi.
  Famam acquirere sic; mittere idem decora est.

To Disgrace

September 26, 1999

To be disgraced, warns of falling, the equal of favor.
  Thus to acquire fame; to lose honors is the same.


a.d. iv Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Sigei proprii tacitum iacet omne cadaver.
  Sub gradibus nostris corpora quot quatimus?

September 28, 1999

Every corpse lies silent in its own Sigeum.
  How many bodies do we shake under our steps?


a.d. iii Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Hæ xerampelinæ duræ sunt, non modo pulchræ.
  Sanguen quo emptæ sunt pingue colore latet.

Dark Red Clothes

September 29, 1999

These dark red clothes are long-lasting, not just beautiful.
  The blood with which they are bought hides in the fat color.


prid. Kal. Oct. MCMXCIX

Setia vinum det, sit cervisia edita Pragæ.
  Atlantæ potus omnis ubique bibit.

September 30, 1999

Let Setia give wine, let beer be given out in Prague.
  The drinks of Atlanta, everyone drinks everywhere.



Increvi pollen. quo feci crustula vestra.
  Nunc hoc tutus aio: musca reperta volat.

To Sift

October 1, 1999

I sifted the flower with which I made your cookies.
  Now I can say this safely: the fly I found still flies.


a.d. iii Non. Oct. MCMXCIX

Æstivavimus hic. Glacie fugitus fuit ardor.
  Frigore pervento, stragula nunc gerimus.

To Pass the Summer

October 5, 1999

We were her this summer. The heat was fled with ice.
  Now that the cold has arrived, we wear our blankets.


prid. Non. Oct. MCMXCIX

Dulcedo nostra, præbemus at omnia spernis.
  Quænam dona cupis? Quot moritura, Kali?


October 6, 1999

Our sweetness, we offer but you spurn everything.
  What gifts do you desire? How many will die, Kali?



Cantat anas carmen quod vult hoc significare:
  Noli obstare viæ! Visitor urbis eat!

To Keep Singing

October 7, 1999

The duck keeps singing a song that means this:
  Don't stand in the way! Let the tourist pass!


a.d. v Id. Oct. MCMXCIX

Per tenebras gradior, tusus, cæcus, sine virga.
  Impavide pergam. Ecce facem, gladium!


October 9, 1999

I step through shadows, buffeted, blind, without a staff.
  Undaunted, I will press on. Behold my torch and sword!


prid. Id. Oct. MCMXCIX

Conscius esurio; placuit mihi somnia nuper.
  Somnia non satiant. Esse cibos opus est.


October 14, 1999

Aware, I hunger; my dreams recently pleased me.
  Dreams do not satisfy. There is a need to eat food.


a.d. xii Kal. Nov. MCMXCIX

Sexennis nescit patriam sine Præside nostro.
  Quid censet de me quo ita creatus is est?


October 21, 1999

The six-year-old does not know a country without our President.
  What does she think of me, by whom he was elected?


a.d. x Kal. Nov. MCMXCIX

Defensos hostes dictas non esse periclum.
  Si verum credis, cur galeatus adhuc?

Fought Off

October 23, 1999

You keep saying that the enemy that has been fought off is not a threat.
  If you truly believe it, why are you still helmeted?


a.d. vii Kal. Nov. MCMXCIX

Æ ra Myron sculpsit, sed nunc sua saxa videmus..
  Pacta volumina sic codicibus legimus.

October 26, 1999

Myron sculpted bronzes, but now we see his stone statues.
  In the same way we read written scrolls in folded books.



Interfectrix es florum, pictrix foliorum.
  Vulnera eæ purgas et bene dormit ea.


November 1, 1999

You are the killer of flowers, the painter of leaves.
  You clean her wounds and she sleeps well.


prid. Non. Nov. MCMXCIX

Exploratores ieiuni ingentia terrent.
  Tam fortes minimos mollia magna timent.


November 4, 1999

The hungry explorers frighten the giants.
  Large soft things fear such bold tiny ones.


a.d. iii Id. Nov. MCMXCIX

Plumosis manibus lacerat felesculus ædes.
  Sed foveamus eum. Omnia vincit amor.


November 11, 1999

The kitten tears up the house with feathery paws.
Yet we cherish him. Love conquers all.


a.d.xvi Kal. Dec. MCMXCIX
November 16, 1999

Sint laudes tibi, salve liberator!
Duxisti famulos eros necare.
Nunc fortes pedites tuos salutant,
Altis in crucibus suis fideles.


Praises be yours, unharmed liberator!
You led the slaves to slay their masters.
Now your brave footsoldiers give salute,
Faithful on their own high crosses.


a.d. xiv Kal. Dec. MCMXCIX

Quas incogitat archimagus censorius artes?
  Quæ mundum faciant ut liber eius ait.

To Think Up

November 18, 1999

What arts does the stern archmage think up?
  Ones that will make the world as his book says.


prid. Kal. Dec. MCMXCIX

Mithram si victor Milvi Pontis coluisset,
  Jane, Kalendis his quomodo terrueris?

Mithras, Persian Sun God

November 30, 1999

If the victor of the Milvian Bridge had worshipped Mithras,
  Janus, how would you scare us with these Kalends?



Comoedus P. tibi s.
"S. P. Q. Mex.
Temet V d. manere quærunt.
$ modo solve MC!"

Pablo, un actor, te saluda.
"La república y el pueblo de México
quisiéramos que nos visitases cinco días.
¡Sólo cuesta mil cien dólares!"

P. (abbreviation for Publius)

December 1, 1999

Pablo, an actor, greets you.
"The Republic and People of Mexico
want you to come for a 5-day stay
At a cost of only eleven hundred dollars!"


a.d. iii Non. Dec. MCMXCIX

Interdant aliis, sed habet se patria peius.
  "Nonne pecunia sat? Commoda vita placet!"

To Give Occasionally

December 3, 1999

They give occasionally to others, but their country fares worse.
  "Isn't money enough? The convenient life is pleasing!"


a.d. vi. Kal. MM

Mure modesto me perturbabas, male feles.
  Sic tractare domi corpora non soleo.


December 27, 2000

You perturbed me with a simple mouse, bad cat.
  I am not accustomed to handle bodies thus at home.


a.d. vii Id. Jan. MM

Edictis quibus est natura altissima rerum
  condita? Nescimus. Non, pie Paule, tuis.


January 6, 2000

With what edicts was the deepest nature of things
  founded? We don't know. Not, pious Paul, with yours.


a.d. iv Id. Feb. MM

Cur ignominia est a lucro vivere liber?
  Est sine loro sic crimen adesse canis.


February 9, 2000

Why is it a disgrace to live free of money?
  Thus is it a crime to be a dog without a leash.

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