In this paper I analyse two Pindaric poems in order to detect similarities in the imagery. The central motifs turn out to be strong optical metaphors that cluster around the extremes of light and darkness. Furthermore, these motifs support the same poetic message in both poems: The notion of victory bringing about harmony and equilibrium in the life of the victor. The artistic expression of this is the equinox in the Second, the new-moon (
) in the Third Olympian Ode. Therefore, the much controverted question of pythagorean-orphic influence in the Second seems to be futile, since the underlying system does not obey the rules of philosophy, but of poetry. Its meaningfulness is provided not by philosophic concepts, but by poetic vision.