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But for a Talk with Critias

Imagine a hoary and hide-bound tome,
A translation of an ancient Greek text.
Sift 'mongst the lines, and through the details comb,

Referenced there find what has so men perplexed,
Hand-me-down quotes of a third hand account
From Egypt's priests scrolls...of a country hexed.

The thinnest hints 'bout a volcanic mount...
Tales of a people who challenge gods could...
A city ringed by harbors, three in count.

Wonders, grandeur, and all that was deemed good,
Storied in culture and philosophy,
Destroyed by a cataclysm not withstood.

True the story or an artifice be?
Platonic ramble?  Neptunian get?
This utopia which has named a sea...

Believe?  I want to, but convinced?  Not yet.
The legend of Cleito's ten sons stays strong...
The world reminds us lest we try t'forget.
If true, it sings th;words of man's oldest song.

Fantasy?  Real?
Atlantis of dreams...
Canst thou ever be found?

Terzanelle (with a Questionku chaser)

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  1. Date: 4/27/2013 6:20:00 AM