Sunday, 1 January 2012

The White Cape



Τί κάνει ό Μέγας Άλέξανδρος ;

This question is posed
On moonlit nights
To sailors in Corfu
By the sea goddess
Whom they must
Propitiate
With the correct
Answer
Or risk
Calamity

Nowadays
The young fisherfolk
Of the municipality
Of Lefkimeon
Are employed
During the day
To tow
Excited teens
From Nuneaton
And Runcorn
Behind speedboats
On Doughnuts
Or Crazy Sofas

After dark
The young visitors
Throng the noisy
Streets of Kavos
Imbibing
Mystery Drinks
Until they expel
Their gastric
Contents
Via the pylorus
Up Up Up
And out
Into the
Squill-scented
Night

Meanwhile
The older fishermen
Still take to the
Water in their
Blue-eyed
Varkas
And hunt
For Octopus
With tridents
And lamps
For they know
That one day
The teenagers
Will not come
Any more

Once the euro
Has become a
Distant memory
And the hundred-
Drachma coins
Bearing the
God-king's
Image
Have been
Retrieved from
Zeus knows where
The old men
Will nod their
Weathered
Heads
Sagely
And utter
The answer
To the
Goddess'
Riddle:


Ζει καί βασιλεύει


>o)):> >o)):> >o)):>

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