Portrait of Pan (in bronze)

Pan, denatured, his legs long

And spindly, holds a pipe in

One hand, the other bent,

As if broken, like his spirit.

Changed by art from sprite

Domesticated, weakened,

Watered down, and tamed

Pan, no longer himself, legs

Attenuated, devitalized, and

Thin; Pan in his decline

His arms crippled, crooked

Pan, once strong now begs

He is not piping rustic melodies

Across mountains for nymphs

To follow his wild and virile call


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