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Santorini's Beauty

Updated on June 19, 2013


about half

a century ago

a discussion of our western world’s

history of ideas

in college class textbook

only half seriously,

some thought,

posited the idea

that greece’s classical greatness

in sculpture, literature, philosophy

and all its intellectual might

was made possible

if not caused

by the remarkably clear aegean air

of its northeastern corner of

the then known world’s middle sea

an impossible theory now

on santorini's crater’s edge

nearing spring day’s end,

we feel, almost,

glorious red sunset coming

caused, in part,

by the med's hanging black haze

making indistinct

those shorelines, hills, valleys

cities and towns around it

destroying in a decade

what formerly just one year,

in only ten years

what formerly took

a full century

human-caused destruction

of incessant pollution

greece's grateness

towered above the ancient world

as mountain tops above seashores

modern culture's destructiveness

to even the brilliantly clear air

of greece's sea

is destructive beyond belief

Santorini and the Aegean
Santorini and the Aegean | Source


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      Jo Miller 4 years ago from Tennessee

      I still think it's one of the most beautiful places in the world.

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      Jwmurph 4 years ago

      Thanks for your lovely comments.

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      Ghaelach 4 years ago

      Nice hub and a beautiful island, of which I have visited years ago.

      I loved the Greek islands and spent 10 years on Crete in Kritsa above Agios Nikolaos over looking Mirabello Bay.

      Nice memories.