"Atlantis" by Tom Shropshire‘The Fall of Atlantis’ by Daniel Magdalen The Society November 7, 2016 Culture, Poetry 6 Comments Can one’s eyes pierce the shroud of time to learn The message of Atlantis drowned in dust? Past Hercules’s Pillars thrived man’s lust For power – now in History’s dark urn, As baneful greed’s huge domes caused seas to churn… Devoid of wisdom’s flame and Heaven’s trust, Atlantis crumbled under Fate’s grim gust, Its blessings into rubble bound to turn. Since then, long tides of ages have swept by And leave as witness ancient ruin’s sand – Do cranes now make a new Atlantis stand? The sages’ words still go unheard: “Awry Goes life when Heaven’s grace is spurned. The land Shall summon waves to clear man’s clouded eye…” Daniel Magdalen is a graduate student in the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, in Romania. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 6 Responses Mahathi November 7, 2016 Very beautifully penned. Perfect meter and rhyme giving a complete lyrical feel. Reply Daniel Magdalen November 15, 2016 Thank you. This theme of Atlantis, that I had been thinking of describing, has in and of itself quite a reflexive and lyrical quality to it, as far as I see it. Reply 绿山从 From Green Mountain (Cong Lu Shan) November 8, 2016 i’ve always tried to replicate the experience i had in today’s version of an ancient profession– except today this profession comes equipped with extremes upon extremes. hence the idea of atlantis. combined with the military industrial complex, or just the modern self-annihilation complex. but, just as in atlantis, isn’t it the moral heart that’s at the heart. the heart that cedes it’s calm to evil tidings? be it communism or modern technology. trying to calmly tread the waters of this exciting and hyper-real world gives me more surviving power than any moral doctrine. Reply Daniel Magdalen November 15, 2016 It is quite an exciting world, just as you said, and temptations of all sorts engulf people continuously. And, yes, by keeping calm one can think matters through more clearly and adopt a wiser attitude than one who is always carried to and fro by the tides of the myriad wants and desires, which at a closer look, will seem to be rather petty and short-lasting. Reply Michael November 9, 2016 “…As baneful greed’s huge domes caused seas to churn…” —beautiful use of words to express the action described. Reply Daniel Magdalen November 15, 2016 Thank you, I am glad you like it; the myth itself carries a good deal of narrative imagery which can be successfully transposed into lyrical verse. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.