Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A heroic woman

                              A heroic woman

...to the women of Paris 

"The Greeks, born to be liberal, will owe their independence

only to themselves. So I don't ask your intervention to force

your compatriots to help us. But only to change the idea of 

sending help to our enemies. The war spreads the horrible
Manto Mavrogenous

The war of independence is a fact ..
The Ottoman Turks who were attacked,
saw a woman attacking brandishing a sword ...
A wild aggressive lion which roared..
They saw a woman as commander
forcefully reminding the Great Alexander ...

  She was the Greek heroine of this war

  Manto, the protagonist in most lore...
  The richest and most beautiful among girls,
  who took up arms and was indifferent to gold and pearls...

  She spent all her fortune on the Hellenic cause

  Everywhere the crowds gave her a warm applause

  She equipped, manned and "privateered" two ships

  at her own expense, ignoring her parents tips....

  Lives in risks, no retreat, no fear, no blench..

  She spoke, Italian, Turkish and French..
  Under her encouragement, her European friends
  contributed money and guns on which depends
  the success of every revolution and every war.
  Day by day her reputation was increased more.

  She believed that even Cupid she could ignore..
  but someday, like all of us, she paid to love the known cost

  This was the only battle that this woman lost.
  The handsome General Ypsilanti was the winner ..
  They met and loved during a dinner.

  Americans honored General Ypsilanti for 
                                                    the heroism of his.
  They gave his name to a town, just like this....

  Americans will never know,
  that he loved Manto for many years in a row.


Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis - CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS

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