Rekha Mandagere

Athens Beckons!

It is not just a fairy tale
But true and very much real
In the history of long long ago
There flourished the glory of Athens
And the golden age of Pericles
Just not a city of scenic beauty
But an ideal and a model city
The perfect symbol of democracy
And no special room for aristocracy
Devoted to the cause of Excellency
Surely a seat of great wisdom
Where people could enjoy utmost freedom
By digging deep into the repository
No where is found such place in all history
The mother of all epistemology
Where Socrates could write his Apology
When the justice shone on all the houses
Even the poor could smile as the virtuous
Bloomed on this cradle of fine culture
Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
Could nourish the roots of literature
Herodotus and Thucydides
Two great chroniclers of matchless wisdom
Who took away from history all its boredom
Whoever said that history is dead
Isn't aware of the edifice on which we stand
For nations like Athens once mighty and grand
Connect us to history's unending strand!

Submitted: Friday, September 28, 2012
Edited: Monday, August 12, 2013

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Highlights on the glory of an ancient culture that has its relavance in today's complex world.

Comments about this poem (Athens Beckons! by Rekha Mandagere )

  • Bronze Star - 5,586 Points Bri Edwards (10/8/2013 11:52:00 PM)

    though many of the names sound familiar, i'm afraid i can't enjoy this as much as many others can who know history better than i. i like the few rhymes.....i mean i like the ones which are here, though they are few. there is a flow to the poem. i can't help but think of the bad things which have befallen greece in more recent years. but life goes far. thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Achuthan V R (10/7/2013 9:47:00 PM)

    it has been well said.but you should have composed this poetic verse with a bit more musical rhyme and rhythm for making it more charming to chant....congratulations... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,771 Points Ramesh Rai (10/3/2013 10:35:00 AM)

    a nice subject with nice pen. in the ancient civilisation Athens had a particular role in world history. best of luck (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 765 Points S.D. TIWARI (9/28/2013 3:59:00 AM)

    Nice penning. Very well engraved grace of Athens with great flow and rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 603 Points Shahzia Batool (9/28/2013 2:36:00 AM)

    An Attic Poem, I must call it, with the greekness inside...and it's indeed not a fairy-tale but a modern reference to antiquity...and I'm sure you must have enjoyed this composition of yours as nature has provided you with the ready rhyming easy at of luck for the contest! (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,401 Points Kee Thampi (9/27/2013 11:45:00 PM)

    true story nourished in history.... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,022 Points Unwritten Soul (9/18/2013 10:23:00 PM)

    Amazing! I always lost in a feeling that if i were born in Athens before as i feel so familiar with cultures, places and even everything there..though i never being there...the sense is ridiculous, its like i am rebirth in a new place now hahaahahahaha...and this write remind me the beauty of that feeling. Feel so alive.. ;) and i always know that history my recycle the event it just time that as we learned from past we recreate better in future..loved it_Soul (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 363 Points Rekha Mandagere (9/18/2013 12:53:00 PM)

    This poem shows true love for democracy and its origin goes to Athens! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 208 Points R.j. Wynn (8/12/2013 5:08:00 PM)

    Absolutely enjoyed this. Thanks for your help with penance. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,155 Points Khairul Ahsan (7/17/2013 11:49:00 AM)

    A beautiful poem, worthy of 10/10.
    The mother of all epistemology
    Where Socrates could write his Apology
    Very well said.
    Liked the comments of Elena Sandu very much. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,463 Points * Sunprincess * (11/10/2012 3:49:00 PM)

    wow..this is a beautiful tribute to athens..sure it was the best place to be..fabulous write.. :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 429 Points Chandra Thiagarajan (10/5/2012 5:45:00 AM)

    Athens once mighty and grand connect us to history's unending strand! Oh! what a poem recalling the wisdom of yore.Enjoyable and educative.Thanks and best wishes.
    Chandra Thiagarajan (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yoonoos Peerbocus (10/5/2012 2:43:00 AM)

    no where is found such a place in HISTORY---THOUGHTS /CULTURE-other soul/mind, heart products need preservation/educative (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,185 Points Elena Sandu (10/2/2012 8:33:00 PM)

    Dearest Rekha! Thank you for this wonderful poem! A reminder, the open door to freedom of wonders.. I do wonder if the conversion to Christianity could have put the basis of today's system which inside myself I question if it was intended to bring disaster. Probably not, or so I hope, who am I to find faults in people? (I free myself to find faults in system, lol.... I should not give fault to anybody nor to Justinian who closed the schools of philosophy, why am I so sad? I wonder, could we have a different world if the schools of philosophy of Athens were to be kept running and spread? ... Could it be to late for humanity to go back and start all over again building new castles on a base such of ancient philosophy? I know I have a lot to learn...Thank you sister, this was one of the treasures you gave to me again! (Report) Reply

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