Treasure Island

Stephen Loomes

(21ST JUNE 1950 / SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA)

A Nod and Wink to Palladas


The great William Shakespeare
His thoughts to inspire
Dipped into Palladas often
To put ink in his pen
He knew Palladas would not sing
In the growing Christian choir
Which threw stoic thought and Greek learning
On the mad zealots' fire
His thought was independent
And without malefaction
He blamed Plato for imagining human perfection
Plato called you “immortal” a creature from the sky
But we are death’s herd
And the world is it's sty
This was Palladas’ view,
And a fitting reply
Soon we all pass to earth
So just save your breath
And during that silence
Why not ponder your death
It was he who said,
Each day, anew we are born
Perhaps inspiring William Blake
His Auguries to adorn
With some are born to endless night
And others are born to sweet delight
And Palladas’ words were
Trimmed by Shakespeaare to fit
As 'all the world’s a stage'
In his play, As You Like It
It was Palladas who said that life is a play
We each as actors must perform with art
Or treat it as a farce and laugh through our part
The stream which carries you,
Carries us all he said
To the final deep harbour
Which is the home of the dead.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Edited: Friday, September 20, 2013
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A Nod and Wink to Palladas

Wikipedia (http: //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palladas) says that about Palladas:
“Palladas (flourished 4th century AD) was a Greek poet, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt. All that is known about this poet has been deduced from his 151 epigrams preserved in the Greek Anthology. (Another twenty-three appear in that collection under his name, but his authorship is suspect) . His poems describe the persona of a pagan schoolteacher resigned to life in a Christian city, and bitter about his wife to the point of misogyny.
I am not sure about any of that, but it is a guide.

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