Cosimia & Coronis

According to legend of Greek dark ages, engraved copper plaque foretold  birth of twin sisters, Cosimia and Coronis, light and darkness personified, radiant sun, crescentic moon, blessed and cursed by ancient deity, name unspeakable without vowels, stone image of human man, wingéd lion. Thunderous fates, sisters held separate destinies, Cosimia protected by divine voices, Coronis fraught with miseries worse than tortured death, all according to divine decree. Thus is Cosimia’s poetry, often narrated by Iliona, mother struggling to understand her daughter, mortal touched by immortals, gods moved by mystical daughter, through whom verses flow.                    

  • 1341. Cosimia and Orea, Part 1
    Part 1: Legend of Orea Revealed We had heard of her, rumors spreading village To village, along seashores. Yes, I had dreamt Of Orea, stranger, yet one of us, kindred […]
  • 1288. Cosimia, Metallic Voices
    Evening hillside breeze, wind-waving trees, Belief in gods, old and new, metallic voices Beckoned me, Cosimia. “Do you hear them?” Parents listened, discerned not but hollow Sounds. “Abandoned temple, winding […]
  • 1259. Cosimia and Cyllene, Part 3
    Part 3: Mysticism Alight in Bone, Blood (Last) Cyllene’s temple returned, released as vine, Tree abruption-ripped, roots bark-indwelling, My soul, flesh lacerated. “Why me, why this?” I, Cosmia, asked, pained […]
  • 1258. Cosimia and Cyllene, Part 2
    Part 2: Children of Ægina Infant eyes opened to sunlight of distant Foreign shores, goddess Cyllene breast- Clutching, was I, Cosimia, reborn or cast Asunder, midst of warring tribes? Hundred […]
  • 1257. Cosimia and Cyllene, Part 1
    Part 1: Glorious Bright Glances Our customs, rituals primitive, festivals, Feasts, beliefs mystical, living deities, Walking, teaching us, yet approach their Radiance we could not, even shy goddess, Cyllene, domain […]
  • 1256. Cosimia, Two Sides of Self
    Legend of two selves, two sides of self in Same mortal vessel, one in body toiling, Dawn waking, daily life upon high steppe, Shepherds, nomadic wanderers, foreign Merchants, following trade […]
  • 1170. Cosimia, Three Œtean Sisters, Part 3
    Part 3: Maternal Deity (Last) To this day, we speak not of what witnessed, Account on papyri scrolls written, hidden, Years later discovered, re-reading, burned In hearth fires. Since then, […]
  • 1169. Cosimia, Three Œtean Sisters, Part 2
    Part 2: Guardians of Blood-Bestained Stone Spellbound by totems of lost sisters, gasping Visions, parents at my side, I, Cosimia, asked, “Old One, what do you perceive?” “Ancient Maternal forces, […]
  • 1168. Cosimia, Three Œtean Sisters, Part 1
    Part 1: Sanguineous Presence Sister’s running screams, faces fear-pale, Stone ghost appeared, water-trickling, blood Dripping, writhing rock-imprisoned soul. “What was it?” I, Cosimia asked, three frantic Voices answered: moon-maiden, mother, […]
  • 1167. Cosimia and Europa
    Wandering olive groves at night, I, Cosimia, Cannot sleep, not  from worrisome dreams, They fade in time, but secret assignation, Overgrown mountain path, voices wind- Whispering, ancient statue, marble goddess, […]
  • 1166. Cosimia, Priestess of Kerkyra, Part 3
    Part 3: Lessons Lived and Learnt (Last) Worshipers on temple steps, we sought wisdom Of clay tablets, origins of perfection, inscriptions, Island life temptations. lamentable shortcomings. Interpretations, reflections we shared, […]
  • 1165. Cosimia, Priestess of Kerkyra, Part 2
    Part 2: Sphere of Gods Receding Language scarcely understood, temple-step Worshipers chanted, “Khosema, Khosema,” Their interpretation of my name, approached, Hearts concern-heavy. Questioned asked as If I, Cosimia, was their […]
  • 1164. Cosimia, Priestess of Kerkyra, Part 1
    Part 1: Clay Tablet Inscriptions Clay tablets discovered, inscriptions found Thereon, archaic tongue translated by village Elders, rock exposed niche. Asked dozen Times, “Cosimia, what brought you to this Place?” […]
  • 1086. Cosimia, Fountainhead Divine, Part 3
    Part 3: Vesia, Sun-Altar Child (Last) Sacred founts, divine fountainhead, pilgrim- Petitioned presence, I, Cosimia, questions Answered, oft not enough, unfaithful desired To know all, beyond what I could reveal, […]
  • 1085. Cosimia, Fountainhead Divine, Part 2
    Part 2: Theia-Forià, Divine-Fire Middle realm, place amongst radiant clouds, Traversing breadths of starry heights to earth- Affixed columned portal, watching window, By single deific nod, fates revealed, gods Discerning […]
  • 1084. Cosimia, Fountainhead Divine, Part 1
    Part 1: Sphinx Within Unchained Winding Pindus Mountain footpaths, clearing Reached, toppled stone columns, one archway Still remaining. “Time beyoked within my walls, Flowing river fluid,” echoing voice announced, I, […]
  • 1050. Cosimia, Poetic Fragments, Part 3
    Part 3: Diaspora of Fifty (Last) Elders threw not stones at Cosmiia and myself, Iliona, her mother, instead they cast seeds of Doubt, those ridiculing my daughter fertile Ground for […]
  • 1049. Cosimia, Poetic Fragments, Part 2
    Part 2: Oneness and Eternal Triangle Tiresome journey home, empty cottage waiting, Surviving by charity, alms of others, I, Iliona, Without daughter, Cosimia, by will of gods, she Ascended past […]
  • 1048. Cosimia, Poetic Fragments, Part 1
    Part 1: First Fragments Recited Dark night awakened, Cosimia’s bed empty- Cold, torchlight searching, disappeared five Days, mother’s angst, breathless villager on My doorstep, daughter shepherds found, Wandering mountain hillsides, […]
  • 1045. Cosimia, Temple of Hekate, Part 5
    Part 5: Atys and Baghatun (Last) Visions beyond poetic stanzas, verses penned Past that witnessed or known, I, Iliona, Cosimia’s Mother, inadvertently touched Golden Fleece, Magical powers alighted within, all […]
  • 1044. Cosimia, Temple of Hekate, Part 4
    Part 4: Golden Fleece Revealed Cypriot mountain promontory overlooking Kyrenia port city, sealed since antiquity, age Of Temple of Hekate unknown time-buried, Earthquake revealed, bones of priestess Medea Vandalized. As […]
  • 1043. Cosimia, Temple of Hekate, Part 3
    Part 3: Medea’s Bones Discovered Forgotten prayers, first doorway blocking Stone undone, cheers rose up from pilgrims, Prompting Dolius to say, “Look not their way, Nor breathe tomb-filled fetid air, […]
  • 1042. Cosimia, Temple of Hekate, Part 2
    Part 2: Inscriptions Deciphered Living tree, languages project branches and Roots, dialects withering, blossoming, across Ægean Seas, flourishing in ancient Cypriot Script, lost written hand, as many letters and Words […]
  • 1041. Cosimia, Temple of Hekate, Part 1
    Part 1: Temple Earthquake Exposed Whispers spread across Ægean Seas, fishers, Merchants, Cyprus port of Kyrenia, ancient Tomb earthquake exposed, broad sea-view Promontory, doorway partially buried, single Hand-chiseled stone slab, […]
  • 1036. Cosimia and Etruscan Priestess, Part 6
    Part 6: Menrva, Two Fates, Same Words (Last) Gods and earth joined, golden sun-chariot Heavens claimed, dawn purging darkness, Mountains shook, creation arose from clay, Seeds sprouting, crops growing, blooming […]
  • 1035. Cosimia and Etruscan Priestess, Part 5
    Part 5: Larcen, Keeper of Time Next morning we awakened, Menrva-gifted Etruscan banquet vanished, save terracotta Bowl, honeyed bread and fruit, breakfast for Coming odyssey. Images on dark pitcher we […]
  • 1034. Cosimia and Etruscan Priestess, Part 4
    Part 4: Prayers Etched, Ostrich Eggshells For days we traveled north along ocean Clifftops, bronze mirror, burden of black Pitcher, sips and laves, Cosimia, myself, Iliona, followed narrow footpath meandering […]
  • 1033. Cosimia and Etruscan Priestess, Part 3
    Part 3: Menrva’s Bronze Mirror “What decade is this and where?” Cosimia Asked me, Iliona, goddess Menrva marooning Us on ancient Etruscan shores. Aside from Gifts of bronze mirror, pitcher-like […]
  • 1032. Cosimia and Etruscan Priestess, Part 2
    Part 2: Priestess Thania, Goddess Menrva How people of Vetluna revered processions, Specially leading to religious temples, strict Ritual-following, near superstitious, elegant Displays of power and prestige. Thus was Lady […]
  • 1031. Cosimia and Etruscan Priestess, Part 1
    Part 1: Sea Pilgrimage to Vetluna Dark and divided days, tumult on every Shore, sea pilgrimage to Eturia, priestess Of visions, by touch of hands, destinies Revealed, illness and pains […]
  • 1024. Cosimia and Aprilia, Part 3
    Part 3: Hand of Ædeon Discovered (Last) Distant ridge unfolding, skies cloudy grey, Legend told of fighting fields, horses hoofs And chariot wheels, heroes born by deaths Of thousand slain, […]
  • 1023. Cosimia and Aprilia, Part 2
    Part 2: Anysia, Plurality of Voices Weeks Aprilia stayed at our cottage, sleeping On hearth-room pallet, nights awakened, she Prayed, sing-song incantations whispered: “All things life-partaking die, memories lost, Lo! […]
  • 1022. Cosimia and Aprilia, Part 1
    Part 1: Marble Sleeping Girl Discovered Ancient monuments of extinct peoples, their Culture lost, weathered marble altar, sleeping adolescent girl, time entwined, inscription Written in three languages, best deciphered: “By […]
  • 1016. Cosimia and Acheron
    Night awakened, anxious voice bedside, Adolescent daughter Cosimia: “Mother, Man I love is in my bedroom.” Anger- Coupled fear, face, throat burning flame, “Where is he?” distain I asked, life […]
  • 1015. Cosimia, Invisible World, Part 5
    Part 5: Coronis, Sybil-Sister (Last) Time unhinged, awakened Immortal Charioteers Knew not old-age nor life’s infirmities, restored Bodies, youthful appearing, sleeping hundred Decades in quietude. To first-speaking Ancient Ones, Cosimia […]
  • 1014. Cosimia, Invisible World, Part 4
    Part 4: Kydilla-Coronis Encountered “Tomb door opening riddle we present,” Began stone Lumasi to Cosimia and her Mother. “Twins we are, same but different, Door hinges and bolts, left-right, masculine […]
  • 1013. Cosimia, Invisible World, Part 3
    Part 3: Ancient Lumasi Discovered Clouds descending upon tomb mountaintop, Bone penetrating mist, mercy of malevolent Forces, beyond arm’s reach, Cosimia and I, Her mother were invisible, dream realized: “Light […]
  • 1012. Cosimia, Invisible World, Part 2
    Part 2: Mother’s Revitalizing Blood To my daughter, Cosimia, world was invisible, Time-stilled, hourglass sand upward flowing With each ascending turn of Mountain paths, Rocky-narrows at cliff-edge, earth below us […]
  • 1011. Cosimia, Invisible World, Part 1
    Part 1: Immortal Charioteers “Mother, world is invisible!” By these words, Cosimia startled me awake, foot of my bed, Saying, “Wind, bird songs, night-dark skies, They are felt or heard, […]
  • 1008. Cosimia and Cloud Goddess, Part 2
    Part 2: Iris, Goddess of Rain Clouds (Last) Approaching Iris’ sacred spring, Arkia’s Youth returned, by healing streamlets, Her features fair, reliving god-created Days. Lo! We knew not her earth […]
  • 1007. Cosimia and Cloud Goddess, Part 1
    Part 1: Elder Woman at the Well Drought months persisting, crops dying, We laboured naked in fields, sun beating Upon our backs, repeated turns at well, Urns heavy, watering crops, […]
  • 1006. Cosimia, Doorway and Hearth, Part 4
    Part 4: Kaphinos Archway (Last) “What image shall cornerstone contain? In Whose honour?” pilgrims asked Cosimia, East-west facing gateway arch supported By wood structure awaiting placement of Weight-bearing stone. “Sun […]
  • 1005. Cosimia, Doorway and Hearth, Part 3
    Part 3: Revelation of Ædian What dominion did Janus hold upon gods Residing spruce-clad Œtean mountaintops, Roiling luminescent clouds? Nameless ruins, Hilltop ancient village in his honour, only Foundations, Janus’ […]
  • 1004. Cosimia, Doorway and Hearth, Part 2
    Part 2: Cosimia’s Visions Bright-clear, my daughter’s eyes sightless To world around her, blindness opened Other doors, new discoveries, knowing Sensations felt within, her mind candle Flame. Cosimia arose from […]
  • 1003. Cosimia, Doorway and Hearth, Part 1
    Part 1: Ancient Archway Discovered Ancient arch discovered, crumbling brick And stone, vines overgrown, older than Collective memory, entrance to ruins of Œtean Mountain village, walls collapsed In rubble, dried […]
  • 999. Cosimia, Goddess Restored
    Flooding rains, mountains rushing down, Across farmlands, rivers over-flowing, Villages destroyed by moving wall of Mud and trees, we awakened to find all Owned lost, olive orchards gutted by deep […]
  • 998. Cosimia, In Two Worlds
    Daughter, Cosimia, found wandering wind- Waving wheat, trance enchanted, arms sky- Reaching, dark eyes heaven-fixed, questioned So, “Mother, in two worlds I live, one with You, other amongst ethereal purple […]
  • 997. Cosimia, Delian Daughter
    Night awakened by my daughter, Cosimia, “Mother I have lots to say.” Share with me She would, except by pen and papyri, night Writing by candlelight, cheese and bread, Hot […]
  • 996. Cosimia and Marble Goddess
    Ancient temple entered, painted statuary Intact, dozen altar bowls for offerings, Flowers, first fruit, oldest gifts to gods, Before Greek city-states, harvest gift of Tithes. “No one is here, no […]
  • 751. Cosimia and Coronis, Part 3
    Part 3: River of Time Reversed (Last) As legend tells, cold, cruel curse of Kerilem Caused chill of desert nights, fires flickering Warming embattled camps. Yet as kings agreed, To […]
  • 750. Cosimia and Coronis, Part 2
    Part 2: Death and Stench Personified Gleaming copper plaque, mystical powers Embodied, inscriptions on both sides, one Curse each, firelight reflections entering Mopsus’ eyes, his mind to primeval ages Swayed. […]
  • 749. Cosimia and Coronis, Part 1
    Part 1: Curse of Warrior Kerilem Earth tremors during shadowy night, moon Eclipsed by cloud, forces of gravity or fates, Granite stone wall collapsed, mountain tomb Exposed, bronze door unhinged, […]
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