Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)


The Battle Of Lepanto Ottomans Defeats - Poem by Terence George Craddock (Spectral Images and Images Of Light)

Holy League on 7 October 1571 attacks;
wins a crushing victory over Ottoman fleet
at the Battle of Lepanto Ottomans defeats;

off tide turning western Greek coast;
decisively defeated Ottoman mighty main fleet
of Ottoman Empire in fierce five hours;

of fighting on northern edge of Gulf of Patras;
off fate western Greece Ottoman invasion forces
were from naval station Lepanto sailing westwards;

engaged from Messina Holy League fleet;
quick sand history on this victory turns
Mediterranean Sea Holy League prevents;

becoming an open uncontested sea route;
for Muslim forces; from major Ottoman invasion
Italy protects; prevents conquest Ottomans;

advancing further into exposed southern;
flank of Europe victory Lepanto was the last
major naval battle in contest Mediterranean;

fought entirely between diced empire galleys;
great symbolic importance appropriately assigned
to an empires altering decisive naval defeat;

upon signing of peace treaty in 1573 fate turns;
victorious Holy League is incredibly disbanded
axed a short time after unity Pope Pius V died.


Extract from the poem ‘Mediterranean Colonisation Wars Left Legacy Seeds'.
Copyright © Terence George Craddock


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 14, 2012



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