Mandrakia, Milos · 2017   simple beauty

  

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   Greece, cradle of philosophy, of be and see, child prodigy. Now some call you a problem child, all nonsense, no sense. I can’t wait to see what you will grow up to be, a few thousand years from now.

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a glimpse

Sunset in Santorini, Greece

 

glimpse: PIECE | Oh Santorini sun, fiery minx, you set like no other; all dressed in amorous promises, you lean in to kiss the horizon and our voluptuous human longing for romance becomes so tangible. But, alas, the faster you near the embrace, the more passion becomes skirmish. To hell with loving surrender, everybody doesn’t want peace; a piece is what we crave! We miss gentle caresses down here, in this crossfire of sharp elbows and hectic shutter shot staccatos; but none of us can afford time or space for sentiments while demanding our rightful peek. Like the tide below, the second wave of people has arrived to replace the first; yet, the flesh pours in erratically, unlike the smoothly transitioning surf. We are all here, now, but not in the moment and not together. Oh Santorini sun, you lured us with union, but all you gave was divide. Now you wander west to seduce another sorry lot of naïve fools, leaving us in the dark.

The sea wasn't very deep just there and the sky not very high just then, and the earth felt a little more significant. 
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Sarakiniko, Milos· 2017   her layers

Layer by layer by layer, but did they work their way from the bottom up or the top down?
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Imerovigli, Santorini   manmade layers

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

Athens / The Rise and Fall of Empires

Who’s next?

 

Former empires might have traded their swords for pencils, yet the battlefields remain and the war for growth and power goes on.

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Santorini / To Be Your Lover

Aegean Sea, poetry to me

and to everyone with at least one eye to see

or even just a mind to be,

to be your lover, your sailor, your piglet, your toy,

cruel joy

you take us all into your depths eventually

Aegean Sea, in you I will never be free


Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   stairway to the sea


 

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Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   into the dark


 


Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   ebbing sun


 

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Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   night's light


 


Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   stairs of light


 

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Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   table for three


 


Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   off to new shores


 

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Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   one



 


Imerovigli, Santorini / Greece · 2017   two



 

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Paradisos, Santorini / Greece · 2017   all over the cliffs


 

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Oia, Santorini / Greece · 2017   their religion was the sea


Oia, Santorini / Greece · 2017   parcels



 

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Oia, Santorini / Greece · 2017   pink



 


Oia, Santorini / Greece · 2017   white



 

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Oia, Santorini / Greece · 2017   alley man



 


Oia, Santorini / Greece · 2017   tucked away



 

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Paradisos, Santorini / Greece · 2017   the island's subtle backside



 


Paradisos, Santorini / Greece · 2017   in quiet proximity to the sea



 

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Milos / Shier

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Plaka, Milos / Greece · 2017   wallflower
 





shier,
no liar
less pearls,
beauty unfurls

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Sarakiniko, Milos / Greece · 2017   open door


 


Sarakiniko, Milos / Greece · 2017   when the sky closed in


 

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Adamas, Milos / Greece · 2017   color cousins



 


Mandrakia, Milos / Greece · 2017   childhood bliss



 

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Milos / Greece · 2017   walking on chaos



 


Milos / Greece · 2017   window door



 

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Milos / Greece · 2017   one town over


Plaka, Milos / Greece · 2017   the season's closing

 

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