Translation By Sara Volkmann
I am sucker for raunchy old men (dead or alive) and Latin poet Catullus is one of my all time favorites! According to the powers that be, in this particular poem while Catullus discusses his lover’s pet sparrow he is actually referring to his penis. FUN TIMES! There really is nothing like male genitalia metaphors and veiled references to masturbation to get you going in the morning! Enjoy!
Passer, deliciae meae puellae,
quicum ludere, quem in sinu tenere,
cui primum digitum dare appetenti
et acris solet incitare morsus,
cum desiderio meo nitenti
carum nescio quid lubet iocari
et solaciolum sui doloris,
credo ut tum gravis acquiescat ardor:
tecum ludere sicut ipsa possem
et tristis animi levare curas!