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Double Sedōka for The Lord

Marieta Maglas is a co-author in some anthologies published by Ardus Publications, Sybaritic Press, Prolific Press, and Silver Birch Press.

Poem by Marieta Maglas


Fossilized feelings

and ruins of lost beliefs

on the islet of the winds,

heavy as baryte,

waves in reverse osmosis,

poised paeans of praise to God,


omens for a change,

offsprings of those who are awake,

circumambulating walls,

cathartic release,

apotropaic statues,

old books, and lacunose words.


Note


The islands of Greece still keep temples of polytheistic religion. The poem relates to the island Mykonos, named also "The Island of the Winds". It was first mentioned by Herodotus, Carians being the ancient inhabitants of this little island. They are also mentioned in some translations of the Bible, more exactly at 2 Kings 11:4, 11: 19 and 2 Samuel 8:18, 15:18, being identical to the Cherethites. In Hebrew literature, the word Carian means "like fat sheep/goat", "noble", or "honored". On the inscriptions existent in ancient Egypt, during the reigns of Psammetichus I and II, this word refers to mercenaries, their elite being employed by King David. In the work of Plutarch, it is specified that the Persians named them "cocks" because they wore crests on their helmets. Strabo wrote that ''the Carians roamed throughout the whole of Greece, serving on expeditions for pay.'' Herodotus wrote that their supreme god was called 'the Carian Zeus'. In Greek mythology, this island was named after Mykonos, who was the son of the god Apollo. The island was the place of some battles between Zeus and Titans, also between Hercules and some giants. It is said that those big rocks all over the island are in fact the ''petrified testicles'' of the giants.

Apollo could keep away the evil, this is why he was named "apotropaios" meaning "divert" or "avert", and "alexikakos" meaning "defend from evil". His name was spelled "Paean" because he was a god of healing. The paean has been used to ask for protection against disease and also to offer chanted thanks after that. Therefore, Apollo had been acknowledged as the god of music. Moreover, he was the god of light. It is said that when ''all the gods and Giants entered the fight, Apollo shot one of the Giants in the right eye, and Hercules shot him in the left eye.''

Mykonos played an important role during The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire when the national heroine, Manto Mavrogenous, sacrificed her family's fortune for some Enlightenment goals. After fighting with those famous windmills called "Kato Mili", the tourists can visit the Church of Our Lady, also named Paraportiani, which means "standing next to the entrance/door".The evolution of the human mind is so beautifully expressed in the history of this island, meaning a start with a unique god, a continuity with a god of light belonging to polytheism, an enlightenment, and Christian doors leading to Heaven.

Comments

Mark Tulin from Santa Barbara, California on October 19, 2018:

Love the unique images, Marieta. The Note was very helpful. Have a peaceful day.