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A Love Greater Than Any Other

my tears fall gently
my soul is pulled
from within outward
my mind is asunder

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

clouds tease my eyes
I stand facing the sea
I see blue, then green
purple turns to black

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

hills, verdant and alive
torment my heart,
love of a man could ne’er be like this
so close to my love of Greece

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

savory aromas inflate the air
wine trickles through, intoxicating Psyche
music swollen with the cries of lost souls
long before the birth of Aphrodite

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

yet, something is amiss
too much life
not enough death
I yearn for that slice of reality

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

this island, almost too perfect in balance
life, love, but where is death?
I see against the shoreline
the answer in the distance

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

the saline infused wind pushes me along, I hesitate,
I’m afraid of what I might learn
I accept life as all of this,
then there is what we don’t know

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

the sand, smooth, near white
echoes songs of glowing Sirens
I espy the missing slice of life,
and what the end must be

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

protruding from the earth
reaching for the sky
completing the circle, the rhyme,
alabaster bones, death at its purist

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

white plays against the
black shadows on the sand,
the words of Sophocles echo,
Poseidon salutes from the crest of a wave

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift

a symphony plays composed of
all that is sacrosanct and phantasmagoric
gods and goddess roam the earth
bringing light into our darkness

life’s turbulence has no mercy
through the eyes of a sailor adrift,

give me a Greek Island
give me the Greek Light
give me a Life Till Death Do Us Part
give me Love, and Greek Might.

by Sydnee Elliot

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