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The Poetry of Island Life

sunny 28 °C

In his third novel featuring Detective Inspector David Bliss, 'No Cherubs for Melanie', James wrote a poem about life on an island for one of his characters. The words of James' poem come to life as we sit on Haraki's deserted beach beneath the ruins of a Byzantine castle, (circa 5th century AD)...
Life passes by with a whisper of breeze
Rippling the waves and stirring the trees
But spurned and rejected goes on it's way
Life, on an island, holds no sway...
Time in the fast lane rushes by
From the time of birth 'til the time you die
But e'en though the sun shines day after day
Time on an island holds no sway...
Buy this or that, dog, goat or cat
Brand new knickers or a saucy hat
But here you can put your wallet away
Wealth, on an island holds no sway...
Hope fades fast but lingers long
For the shipwrecked sailor and his plaintive song
In a search for a saviour both far and away
Hope, on an island, holds no sway...
Thankfully we are not shipwrecked on this deserted beach. We have rented a beautiful apartment together with a car for just $80 a day and we may be forced to spend the rest of our lives here in the bars and cafe's on Haraki's deserted promenade...
Just dreaming...winter will reach here eventually and then it will only be a few months before the hordes will return with their buckets and spades and kiss-me-quick hats. But for the next few days we will own this little piece of heaven and wax lyrical about its charms...
Feraklos fortress has been a witness to 1,500 years of strife as warring armies and pirates fought for control over this island at the southern end of the Aegean. It was captured by the Knights Hospitaller in 1306 and the Ottoman Turks in 1467 but now it stands sentinel over the serene bay and makes a perfect backdrop against an indigo sky.

Posted by Hawkson 04:44 Archived in Greece

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What a curious experience being there at this time of year. Can see why it leads to pondering. Different realities.

by Sue Fitzwilson

Loved the poem and your photos.

by Janet

Ah, again those azure skies. Had to really look to see human presence--a few on the promenade, I think, otherwise no one, not even Sheila. Peace and quiet for sure. Enjoy.

by R and B

As you can see from my email, I love Islands too and never hesitate to add new ones during my travels.

by Deirdre Pearson

It looks as if you are quite taken with Rhodes; it seems to be a great place to spend some time and relax.

by keithandhelen

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