Poetry - Greek War of Independence 1821

This poem is about Greek lovers, one a soldier and the other a woman who was the daughter of a Greek war hero. In the midst of the 1821 Greek uprising against the Turkish invaders who had enslaved the Greeks for over 300 years, they found the time to love and bear a child in the very mountains where they were fighting their foe.

Greek War of Independence 1821
Greek War of Independence 1821


Born behind the shield of a hero long ago.

Suckled inthe shadow of a mountain slope of snow.

Bathed amongst the reeds of a running mountain stream.

Her golden hair reflecting her hero’s final dream.

I remember still that winter morning cold and grey.

With the war but a memory a thousand miles away.

When I first touched that hand of softened dew,

And saw behind twin emerald lights the thoughts that meant she knew.

In a cabin on a mountain higher than the clouds.

She trembled at my touch,

On her I gazed so proud.

She gave herself in love as a hero does in war.

Until the morning came, and she could give no more.

The cabin became a haven for two, who dared defy Gods law.

Until the day her womb could stand the growing weight no more.

The morning birds' sang in tune to a life’s first mournful cry,

As her final breath, left a smile on the face, that must now die.

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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Wonderful poem - thanks for sharing

Love and peace


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misslee 7 years ago from Beverly Hills, CA

I love the stories behind your poetry. Thank you.

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