Ever-moving splendorous seas, tides and
Currents welling, fish in schools gliding,
Undulating seagrass, passions storied by
Hesiod and Homer, maiden daughter or
Triton, milky-white Ægean sea Nereid,
Discerning eyes sea-distant, envy of the
Ancient world, love of Akis and Galatea.
Poet and painters championed Galatea’s
Beauty, her prowess of cerulean oceans,
Chariot of sails, pearls and shells affixed,
Drawn by dolphins four, gazing eyes were
Captured as her bridled-bound sea-steeds,
And on sunlit occasions, she ventured to
coasts of ancient Sikelia.
Ascending hearts, love mortal and divine,
Tempest born on cresting waves, writhing
Bodies, manly streams to Galatea flowed.
Strong and faithful were their refrains that
Rosy sunbeams paled. Theirs was love of
Rivaled jealousies. Doomed and hapless
Pair, boulder-crushed would Akis be.
Peasant shepherd of Sikelia, Akis, met his
Death by Polyphemus, cyclops island-
Lurking, his love of Galatea ire inflamed.
O! Akis, life blood out pouring, by gods
Mercy flowing springs transformed, river
Arising at Mount Ætna, his blood to oceans
Flowed, beloved Nereid-yearning streams.
Unrequited love, tragedy of rocky shores,
Akis and Galatea ventured upon cyclops
Wandering strands. Tender moments of
Amongst adoring trees, shade in sight of
Sea, thus from his seclusion Polyphemus
Emerged. Since this day, Galatea and her
Sisters sought safety of ocean waves.
For more on love of Akis (Acis) and Galatea, see
this link. According to legend, Galatea bears the
cyclops three children: Galus, Celtus, and Illyrius.
Eventually, Odysseus killed Polyphemus in a cave.
Sikelia is ancient Sicily.