Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ionian, by Constantine P. Cavafy

Fresco painting of Flora, or Primavera,found in the luxurious resort of Stabiae in the Bay of Naples.
Just because we've torn their statues down, 
and cast them from their temples, 
doesn't for a moment mean the gods are dead. 
Land of Ionia, they love you yet, 
 their spirits still remember you. 
When an August morning breaks upon you 
a vigour from their lives stabs through your air; 
and sometimes an ethereal 
and youthful form in swiftest passage, 
indistinct, passes up above your hills.

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