“A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.”

~Benjamin Disraeli

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Athens. City of sun glitter and alabaster colors.
Of arts and history inside Plato’s and Aristotle’s minds,
their thoughts calling out in every marble corner.

Of Gods gifts, olive trees and Poseidon’s tears,
enclosing the tourists in ancient glory,
lemon blossoms tucked in their hearts.

Of windflowers and candles treading
an adventurous path to the Cyclopean walls of Acropolis,
fountains bringing back the life of colors.

Of Aegean democracy and independence,
unfurled over the souls of old times
and the coffee taste of today, the sky is smiling.

Athens. City where only its citizens
know the times of darkness, when the neon lights
are broken and the crowds- blind with anger.


Statue of Goddess Athena- Akademias by Blaga Todorova


© 2012  Broken Sparkles


4 Responses to “Athens”

  1. Victoria C. Slotto Says:

    I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Greece except through reading, movies and photos. It feels to me like you’ve caught the essence of Athens as I imagine her. Just beautiful. Maybe someday….

  2. siubhan Says:

    despite the darkness at the end of this, your words make me want to stroll this city of sun glitter… i hope, oh i hope. :) love the line “lemon blossoms tucked in their hearts…” –beautiful scented imagery.

  3. Jamie Dedes Says:

    Exquisite, Blaga. Many visions come to mind, mostly pleasant but for the finger pointing to the challenges of the day. And there’s always something, no matter the times or the country. Greece has seen some better times.

    Read the poem several times. And yes, indeed Athens is the stuff of dreams, ideals, and ideas. Savored the visions in the vaults of my mind. I am what we call here a “mutt” … mixed ethnic/racial background. At least a quarter of my blood is Greek and racial memory trembles.

    Here Greece is still at the top of economic news about the debt and the draconian austerity measures and how it all effects Greece, Europe, and the U.S. One feels for the citizens. We read about the big theft at the museum and National Public Radio did a pretty compehensive piece on that. This is what happens when there isn’t enough work, money, or bread. Those who have the ears to hear know Greeks are suffering. I had friends though who just stopped in Athens as part of a cruise itinerary and didn’t know what was going on there until I told them !!! Okaaaay. :-(

    Hope you are able to stay clear of the “crowds blind with anger.”


  4. Emma Says:

    Athens is one of the places I hope to see before I die. I’ve always been fascinated with Greek and Roman culture, and all that they have contributed to Western culture over the years. This poem opens up the city for me, and the beauty and majesty of it is there for me to see so clearly. I do love the turn at the end which brings my head out of the clouds. I really enjoyed reading this. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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