dimitrios galanis

Gold Star - 30,209 Points (19.8.1945 / Patero Epirus Hellada [ Greece])

Dolphins' Splurge - Poem by dimitrios galanis

Tearing their way towards the boat,
surfacing in parallel,
plunging as in invisible harness,
alongside, round, under the bowsprit,
glittering on top, fading at sides,
streamlined and gleaming,
abstractions of speed, energy, power,
leaping out, plunging water into
spiralling and vanishing,
swift shadows alike,
sailing into the air in another great loop,
them after drawing the sea,
shaking it off in mid-air,
plunging forwards again,
tearing frothing bow-waves with their beaks,
diving down, falling behind, criss-crossing,
flung themselves out up in insane abandon
in mid-air shaking, muscular the convulsion,
as though resolved to abandon sea for ever.
But gravity alas,
dragged them forward and down again
into their bubbling liquid world.
Noise of rending and searing.
Each leap into the air called forth a chorus of gasps
each plunge a sigh.
Laugh on the comment at sigh last:

In the thousands of years to come
humans will not them allow
lead evolution's claimed harness up.
No fear therefore to become our dauphins.*
...................................
Transformed into poem a description
of Patrick Leigh Fermor, to be found in
paddy's-world-transcript-of John Julius Norwich
*verse invented thanks to comment of Barry Middleton

Topic(s) of this poem: evolution, grace, nature, sea


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Transformed into poem a description
of Patrick Leigh Fermor, to be found in
paddy's-world-transcript-of John Julius Norwich

Comments about Dolphins' Splurge by dimitrios galanis

  • Hazel Durham (3/20/2017 6:53:00 AM)


    Beautifully written with amazing imagery that captures the essence of the dolphins with their playfulness and energy that exudes with joy! (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (8/21/2017 2:16:00 PM)

    Thanks a lot for your generous word, dear Hazel.

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  • Nosheen Irfan (7/31/2016 4:32:00 AM)


    Great descriptive write. The movement of dolphins is free n uninhibited. They are happy in their bubbling liquid world. A skillful use of vocabulary. The rhythm is perfect. The reader is riveted n captivated. (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (7/31/2016 1:12:00 PM)

    Take into notice here, dear Nosheen, that the vocabulary is not mine but Michle Leigh Fermor's found in a prose text of his.I do advise you to come in touch with his great works on literature.A friend of mine Rudi Fisher was a friend of his and helped him in his works....Thank you so much.

  • Pamela Sinicrope (5/7/2016 10:44:00 AM)


    Your poem captured my attention and gave me pause. I held my breath like the dolphins. The ending is what pulled it together for me. The prose that you turned into poetry worked well. An interesting experiment on your part. Barry has inspired me too. Well done Dimitrios! (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (5/7/2016 3:13:00 PM)

    Generous your words, Pamela.Thank you so much.

  • Daniel Brick (2/7/2016 12:33:00 PM)


    You are keen to give credit to the prose author but you sensed the poetry within the prose and created in verse a work of tremendous vitality and rhythmic energy. The scientist John Lily called dolphins HUMANS OF THE SEA. Their curiosity about us parallels ours for them. I once touched the back of a dolphin: it was the softest thing I've ever touched but I could feel its tensile energy beneath that skin. In the film version of ZORBA THE GREEK the
    outsider isn't impressed with a dolphin swimming near their ship, Zorba cries in exasperation, Boss, it's a dolphin! What man isn't happy to see a dolphin? Agreed. I spent afternoons on beaches in Florida during a visit and when the kids cried out DOLPHIN! We stirred from our mental drowse and watched in wonder.
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    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (2/7/2016 1:08:00 PM)

    Ee, Daniel dear, it was not so difficult to tranform the prose into verses.The four last verses I hoped to give a beautiful ending.Do they? I owe the idea of the last last verse to Barry Middleton.I did not know[or remomber ]the word dauphin which fitted here nicely.

  • Valsa George (2/4/2016 10:22:00 PM)


    abstractions of speed, energy, power,
    leaping out, plunging water into
    spiralling and vanishing,

    This is one of the most lively poems I have ever read! The movement of the dolphins is caught in photographic precision and on reading this poem, I can visualize a shoal of dolphins swimming and splurging over the blue foamy waters in rhythmic grace and grandeur! Excellent! A 10
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    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (2/5/2016 3:03:00 AM)

    Patrick Leigh Fermor whose prose I transformed into verses was a great scholar.See my first note on the piece if not looking up at Wiki or his page in world press.Thank you so much.

  • Barry Middleton (2/1/2016 7:13:00 AM)


    Living in Florida I really like dolphins. And perhaps they will become the new dauphins. (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (2/3/2016 4:08:00 PM)

    I did NOT know the word dauphins.....

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (2/1/2016 7:51:00 AM)

    You caught it, dear Barry.I did know the word 'dauphins'' So nice.I may use it instead mine expression[corresponding].Thank you so much.

  • Lyn Paul (1/31/2016 8:24:00 AM)


    There is nothing more pleasing to the eye than nature. Your words have painted this beautifully. (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (1/31/2016 9:27:00 AM)

    I do copy here an answer given to M.Pyrjol, It is not my personal knack to be praised.I just transformed with slight alterations a text from P.L.Fermor into this poem.Thank you Lyn.

  • Mihaela Pirjol (1/30/2016 2:34:00 AM)


    I haven't read P. L. Fermor's novel, but your well-crafted poem made a great impression on me. It's lively, vibrant and vividly described. (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (2/1/2016 4:14:00 PM)

    Patrick Leigh Fermor

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (1/31/2016 9:25:00 AM)

    It is not my personal knack to be praised.I just transformed with slight alterations a text from P.L.Germor into this poem.Thank you Mohaela.

  • Hazel Durham (1/24/2016 11:50:00 AM)


    A spellbinding, enchanting write that captures the spirit and the beauty of Dolphins and thank you for the great information on the novelist Patrick Leigh Fermor! (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (1/24/2016 4:24:00 PM)

    You should, if still not, try to find some of the great work of P.L.Fermor.I have read only dour books of his.But i did admire him for his way of life.Since 1948 he was living in Kardamyle, Peloponnese, Elada[Greece] And for the great abduction of german general from Creta.It was the first great resistance against nazis. Thank you for the kind words.

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (1/21/2016 12:23:00 AM)


    Lovely poem. Last summer we were on Alaska cruise and we witnessed a show of whales rising from the see and diving in. Dolphins showed up here and there. (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (1/21/2016 5:06:00 AM)

    The prose description of the great Patrick Leigh Fermor gave me the idea to compose it so that it can sound like a poem. A tribute to his greatness.
    Thank you for having noticed it.

  • Kelly Kurt (1/20/2016 4:59:00 PM)


    A marvelous mammal, the dolphin. So very poignantly painted in this poem (Report) Reply

    Dimitrios Galanis Dimitrios Galanis (1/20/2016 5:11:00 PM)

    My work on the wording stuff is the arrangement in order to sound a poem.The excellent proze description belongs to the great hero of resistance against germans nazis in WWII [he kidnapped the g.general commander of Creta Kreippe] and great novelist of the 20th cent.Patrick Leigh Fermor.//I trust your word to think That I succeeded in making it sound a poem.Thank you so much.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Poem Edited: Monday, February 1, 2016


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