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Below is the poem entitled Palimpsest which was written by poet Archontoula Alexandropoulou. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Writing upon the scroll,
year after year
day after day
the monk lives for the painted work

He prays and draws
He prays and writes
Eloquent brushstrokes
fall like soldiers into place.

Who can say that
not an inch beneath them
lies an army of letters
too vulgar for the eye to see
too forbidden for the soul to taste.

Lost in his set serenity, the monk
takes no heed of the bewailing clamour
the ships, the heathen helmets and the crowd.

Lost in his world he covers
the threatening set of words,
ignoring that in seconds
he'll be a hidden palimpsest

a human palimpsest
a crust of curdled blood.

Copyright © Archontoula Alexandropoulou

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  1. Date: 1/9/2014 11:28:00 PM
    Had to look up Palimpsest. Great story. Contrasting chosen ignorance with human suffering and illustrating the perpetual human condition. Enjoyed reading, thanks for sharing, John

  1. Date: 11/27/2013 12:26:00 PM
    powerful and dynamic poem enjoyed it very much

  1. Date: 11/3/2013 12:36:00 PM
    I wish I could write such a nice piece! I'll post it on my blog with your permission, of course!