High overhead the mid-day sun
releases oregano scent
and the honey-bees of Hymettus
are hypnotically content.
The courtyard of a marble church
reflects the white-hot heat
and, to my delight, a cool spring flows
beyond a worn-smooth seat ..
Wisteria vines and silver birch
become a dappled timelessness
with lilac flowers and luminous bark
a memory that will not fade ..
In this violet, hallucinatory light,
an ancient Athenian who, having slaked his thirst from the self-same spring,
sits now upon this marble stone, thinking his Socratic thoughts alone … .