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From 'Ancient Greece'

Love of truth
the very light of Greece
A peninsula thrust out
like a bony hand,
‘God-tormented Greece,’
Zeus exclaimed, 
“I shall give man ‘an evil,’ as the price of fire:
They will clasp destruction with laughter of desire.”

The Gods live on-even though obscure.
Fate rules them too, as Zeus learns
the heroes must die; and the greater
the heroism the earlier the death.

Greece being, itself so divided
between the rational and irrational,
between logic and instinct,
between the scientific and the magical,
between the state of self possession
and that of being possessed,
 and one can continue……
between symmetry and diversity,
between the recognition of limits
and the pursuit of the limitless,
between restraint and vaulting ambitions,
or hubris, Pythagoras in all his wisdom
could achieve no resolution or harmonia.

Of all these diverse elements, what was
greatest in him, and in Greece,
was the recognition of these conflicts
for what they were…….
that by grappling with them
a  better order in life might then arise.

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  1. Date: 7/19/2014 9:26:00 PM
    This to me explores the mystery of paradox, and does it so skillfully, that it is not readily apparent, but I like it for that. Forgive me if I have taken undemanded liberties, Suzanne. Your stuff always deserves second thoughts, and a second read.

  1. Date: 8/10/2013 1:08:00 AM
    nice win on this poem,,,,, love history, you describe the land so well. Are you Greek ? ;}

  1. Date: 8/1/2013 8:06:00 AM
    Wow suz, I was watching the history ch the other day and it was about greek mythology, and zeus. Your poem, is written in such beauty. & elegance , it could be the commentator. I love how you write. Congratulations on your win....thankyou for sharing, cherie...

  1. Date: 7/31/2013 8:55:00 AM
    I am enamored with your poetry. Thoughtful, expressive and beautifully rendered. You have a special gift. Thank you.

    Delaney Avatar Suzanne Delaney
    Date: 7/31/2013 11:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Than you for your kind and encouraging words and for taking the time to stop by. Most appreciative. SuZ
  1. Date: 7/28/2013 1:11:00 AM
    Biggest congratulations on your super win my dear friend Suz! A great and excellent poem indeed which I enjoy and love reading this afternoon. Thank you so much for sharing & again, congratulations! love lots and big big hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 9:34:00 PM
    Well done Suzy. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 8:32:00 PM
    Congratulations once again, SuZ! Always, Annalise

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 5:19:00 PM
    hi SuZ congrats on fine win Shadow x smiles

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 2:22:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win... great entry you posted... Jake

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 1:39:00 PM
    Suz, , congratulations with your surprising winning poem in 'Giorgio Veneto' contest. always~ LINDA

  1. Date: 7/27/2013 11:00:00 AM
    I've never been in Greece, only while reading about the country and its people. You brought me there again with this great write. Congrats!

  1. Date: 7/26/2013 6:38:00 PM
    Suz an awesom write. Congratulations on your fantastic win. Warm Smiles, Connie

  1. Date: 7/25/2013 5:02:00 AM
    Interesting ideas penned...Sara

    Kendrick Avatar Sara Kendrick
    Date: 7/27/2013 9:10:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Forgot to say congrats...Sara
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  1. Date: 7/25/2013 4:51:00 AM
    S-s-soup Mail for S-suz...

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 9:37:00 PM
    Hello! SuZ - D - This is a fine write - your perspective with many elements leave me to ponder, also a good message - Thank You for this Post and keep your ink flowing. I also thank you for your time to review my poetry. Perry C.

  1. Date: 7/24/2013 9:36:00 AM
    excellent Suz, wonderful, marvellous. I really have no words to praise. I thank you very much for this, really waiting for something like this.Its obvious that the more conflicts the more order is the more clarity to ones thinking process.excellent.(:c Jenish

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 10:53:00 AM
    "like a bony hand".. this is what i turned to, suz, and the rest as well... a finely laden piece about a country that is a melting pot of culture, myth and divisiness.... formidable, distinct work!..:) huggs

  1. Date: 7/23/2013 12:26:00 AM
    wow, what an ode on a grecian urn this is. You know a lot about that country and this is very interesting. A lovely tribute to that beautiful land.

  1. Date: 7/22/2013 7:46:00 PM
    Ahh, another beauty from my favorite poet...The last verse is LOADED with wisdom and insight as is the entire poem...I remember a doucumentary about ancient civilizations and one of the theories was that if Greece had remained united and continued their scientific research, we would be visiting the stars today...By the way, do you know Connie Marcum Wong? If not, you two should get aquainted!...She lives in Hawaii and is another favorite of mine...