Kroteisthō

squeeze

Ἤν τινα καλὸν ἴδῃς, εὐθὺς τὸ πρῆγμα κροτείσθω·
βάζ’ ἃ φρονεῖς· ὄρχεων δράσσεο χερσὶν ὅλαις·
ἢν δ’ εἴπῃς, “Τίω σε, καὶ ἔσσομαι οἷά τ’ ἀδελφός,”
αἰδώς σου κλείσει τὴν ἐπὶ τοὔργον ὁδόν.
(Addaeus, Anth. Gr. 10.20)

If you see someone beautiful
hammer it out right then.
Say what you think; put your hands full
on his bollocks: be a man.
But if ‘I admire you’ is what you say
and ‘I’ll be a brother to you’ –
shame will bar the only way
to all you want to do
(tr. Alistair Elliot)

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