That’s Greece

“Burning Light” – A short Intro

Staring at the sea, not satiating it
From the mountain up high
laminar and blue by being enriched within
made of many jewelries

Winter afternoon, being
under a sudden rain
bulk from inside the clouds through a blurred laughing
sun without cover

islands, ropes travel in the air
Beach like silk dimming
and with the gulls escorts once a ship
open to get the heavens

Fresh and clean by moving down
dancing through the red side
pines, golden pines and jewelries’ flower
dripping hair the aromatic

And close to them by dragging to their light dancing
until inside the blue (sea/water)
the empty snow houses, and them within their dream
singing through a long sleep

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HELLAS

Only 25 Euros were needed for this little video to be produced by a group of students of the Greek school of creative writing ‘Tabula rasa’.  It is simple in its creation, without any pretence but with immense passion and love for our country and an urge to show how everyday life in Greece can have such warmth and joy through simple pleasures in combination with magnificent weather, astonishing beaches and the incomparable spontaneity of the Greek people.

Ambrosia

ambrosia

Aphrodite and Eros

Dedicated to those in Love (including Love to Others, Life, Nature, the Universe, etc. (as long as one is – and continues to be – in Love).

EROS was among the first powers of the Cosmos (Creation).  God of attraction and passionate love (one understands readily there would be no life without him).  Forever a child, playful and mischievous!  His mother, Aphrodite, was in Ancient Greece the symbol of love, beauty and sexuality. She brought him to this earth, being the fruit of her love to Zeus, Ares or Hermes.  Aphrodite - according to Hesiod’s Theogony -emerged at the foam of the sea, either that of Kithera or of Cyprus (they both claim her) allegedly when the genitals of Uranus, cut by the Titan Cronus, fell into and fertilized the sea (don’t forget water is an all-creating power).

She was worshiped and had temples everywhere in Greece, both the Divine (divine, ‘spiritual’ love) and the Earth-bound Aphrodite. She also represented fertility and the blooming of nature, hence the arrival of spring.  The pomegranate and the apple were her symbols. Many sculptors portrayed her – amongst them the famous Praxiteles in the 4th century BC.  There are no remains of this statue.  Today we can admire the statue of Aphrodite at the Louvre in Paris which is attributed to the artist Alexandros of Antioch around 130 to 100BC. As well a masterpiece, found by a farmer in his land in the island of Melos in 1820.  Continue reading