"Sea Spell," Dante Gabrielle Rossetti, 1877, WikiArt photo.
“Sea Spell,” Dante Gabrielle Rossetti, 1877, WikiArt photo.

Beyond ocean shores, I had awakened,
Lofting high, sunny warmth, billowing
Clouds, drifting as days grew longer,
Bright sun rising higher until solstice
Celebrations sends my sea companion
Toward distant autumn skies, repeating
Cycles witnessed since ages past.

Splendorous Ægean Seas I recall, white
Sand beaches, clear seawater, sister
Nereids sun basking on isolated cays,
Surf lapping at our feet, cool breezes
In sea-washed hair, watching white sails
Of fishing boats, fishers casting nets,
Then disappearing on horizons blue.

Some say caves were our home, only for
Stormy refuge, memories of toppled
Undersea columns, marble monuments
Fallen, temples collapsed by earthquakes
And thunderous waves, cities crumbling
At foundations, souls sky-sailing, by
Protection of waves, we withdrew.

In disaster, love came welling forth, godly
Compassion, when offerings could not be
Given, seashores in unrest, flooded fields
During growing season, sun still shown,
Oceans calmed, fishing boats once again
Sailed, memories and dreams as I slept
Amongst sea-foam clouds.

"Iliad," Book VIII, Lines 245-253, Greek manuscript, late 5th, early 6th centuries A.D., Wikipedia photo.
“Iliad,” Book VIII, Lines 245-253, Greek manuscript, late 5th, early 6th centuries A.D., Wikipedia photo.

Poetry of ancients has endured, preserved
In hearts and on papyri, words immortal
As the gods, bring meaning to past worlds,
This life anew:. “As sea-years have measured
Out, all things I have viewed, and in viewing
All sea things from quiet beaches to moon
And stars reflecting bright, I love but you.”

Ægean Nereid, Thera expresses her love of
of ocean clouds and her memories of life on
Greek island fishing village. For more on
Thera or Thoe, click here and scroll down.

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