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Tuesday, 24 June 2008
POETRY WEDNESDAY - ELEUSIS
“He only lives, who living enjoys life.” – Menander
Some places draw us like magnets and make us feel a special enervating energy as we tread the ground. A sense of mystery, an awe, a deep-seated feeling of a diachronic present tense, which nevertheless is imbued with the import of centuries suffuses our soul as we walk though those unique places. One may sense it in the centre of Australia, walking amongst the Olgas or around Uluru. Or as one is walking through the Acropolis, in Delphi, in Notre Dame in Paris, or in Chartres cathedral. In Stonehenge or under millions of tons of stone in the Great Pyramid of Giza…
I felt this in my recent trip while walking through ancient sites. In Sounion, in Athens, in Salamis… Here is a poem that I wrote trying to capture something of this feeling of time and space as they relate to a special place of such a kind.
The sun, wild, Lashes without pity Naked bodies. The ancient marble lolls Strewn amongst the pine trees And the noontime silence Is mirrored in the Midsummer heat.
Somewhere in the forest, Dense and shady, A fountain trills Like Pan’s flute. In the heart of the mountain, Deep in the rocks, Cyparissus Sleeps lightly.
It’s enough to find a magic word, A word both true and ancient, And if you murmur it, Twenty five centuries Will shatter like glass And crash in front of The violet-tinged temple, Raised from the ground anew.
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