Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Island of Monks-A Poem

The island  of monks sits  hidden in the Aegean sea,
Wizened Monks in  immaculate robes chant prayers,
Churches and Monasteries  as old as the millennium,
Stand tall and grand, masterpieces of art and poetry!

The air of  spirituality  surrounds  and  protects  it from
Prying eyes, lest the unclean defile it with lusting eyes,
For, none  of bad spirit  might  step foot  on this island,
Lest  he might be thrown to  the swine and  lose sanity!

The  chant  of liturgies and mumbled  prayers wafts
Through  the   air, while Saints look down  from the
Walls of the Chapels and Monasteries, both kind “n”
Strict, a life of hardship and suffering made them so!

The air  around  the  island thrums with  a strong  force.
The  asceticism  and  devotion,  repentance   and   faith,
Create a force field to cure, the sick and help the fallen.
A soothing balm to tortured souls and frayed conscience!

The wizened faces of the Monks tell a story of wisdom
For those who care to hear! But be warned that of those
Who go to the island, few come back, for to be a Monk,
And live a life of renunciation  might bring forgiveness!

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  1. Beautifully rendered. Does this island exist ? Yes it does exist , it is one of the greek islands !

  2. The Peninsula in Greece where Mt. Athos is located!