perhaps they paused on the scaffolding at the sky's bare cut on lintel, threshold / corridors through which the summer swelled / the sea hammered its metal. saw cloud bathe the ridge of imittós in thunderous sweat. recognised the chaos again their gable had severed / blocked in the goddess's sanctuary kiss of flame at her hem. they passed as time's measure upon time, left a greater ruin / an architecture no-one dreamed no-one crafted such as sky intends. this camera of bridging stone.
Copyright © 1986 Peter Le Baige. All Rights Reserved. Taken from my own collection ‘street hung with daylit moon’ published 1986; acknowledgements to Chamaeleon Press
Click on the link above to hear a reading of the poem. The accompanying music is from B’ (Second) Delfikos Ymnos (Organikon) from the album ‘Music of Ancient Greece’ by Christodoulos Halaris, a Greek composer and scholar in the field of the reconstruction of Byzantine and ancient Greek music.