"On the Pasture," Charles Jacque, 1860, WikiArt photo.
“On the Pasture,” Charles Jacque, 1860, WikiArt photo.

Memories of early Greeks, would they be
Recognized today? Farms, pasturelands,
And seashores time-changed, few wooded
Glens or highlands resisted ravages of war.
Each culture redefined what was Hellas,
As did famine, disease, families violence-
Swept, years of hardship and tragedy.

Mycenaean sun brightened countless days,
Decades passed, art and literature emerged,
Amphora designs and painting, advent of
Marble temples, yet, I look to fisher-folk
And farmers to define what was Greek,
Their customs, beliefs, and love of family,
Beyond images painted on ancient vases.

Whilst separated from land-strife, Nereids
Witnessed triremes on Ægean Seas, burning,
Smoke plumes cloud lofting, impossible to
Stop war or to save wave-stricken warriors.
Sequestered by deific creators to protection
Of distant isles, harsh Greek memories faded
As time passed like as ocean clouds.

"Mending the Nets," Winslow Homer, 1891, WikiArt photo.
“Mending the Nets,” Winslow Homer, 1891, WikiArt photo.

Greek heroic ages, Homer a thousand verses
Penned on papyri, accounts of rivals, gods,
And war. Yet my fondest memories are of
Fisher-folk and families, net mending, torn
Sail sewing, fish in baskets, hymns of praise
Prayers at meals, enduring images of love and
Peace, fond sea-memories of early Greece.

In this poem, Thera reflects on Mycenaean Greek culture
Trojan War-caused turmoil. She concludes with
that which is
most enduring to her: Greek fisher-folk,
their families, and customs.

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