Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Arbitrary Comparisons

         Heading out in our ship to the New World
                   Alamo, the historical epic film 
                                                 [in my mind's eye swirled,

                   because Port Galveston which was 
                                                                 [our destination,
                   was relatively close to the Alamo's location

                  Once the ship was cleared by customs and 
                  I traveled 239 miles, about 7 hours duration. 

        A shot of the cannon,
                said our tour guide Shannon,
                was the response of the commander.

               With intrepidity and candor
               the soldiers stated, "we will fight"....

              With sword in hand like an old knight,
              commander Colonel Travis died...
              Killed with him and with the same pride,
              all of Alamo's heroic defenders.
              worthy of immortality contenders..

      Impressed I remembered a similar story,
            with the same heroism and the same glory....


From all the earthly writers,
they praised Diakos and his 
                       [eighteen fighters,

who drawing on their ancestors 
                             [heroism perks,

fought against eighteen 
                          [thousand Turks...

With sword in hand like an old knight
fought the priest, who didn't know 
                                      [the word fright..

Killed on that bridge and with 
                                       [the same pride

all the eighteen heroic defenders,
worthy of immortality contenders..

* Extract from "The Broken Mooring Line", an experiential
poetic work // page c28 // e-mail: pmataragas@yahoo.com //
Texts and Narration: Odysseus Heavilayias - ROTTERDAM //
Language adjustments and text adaptation: Kellene G Safis - CHICAGO//
Digital adaptation and text editing: Cathy Rapakoulia Mataraga - PIRAEUS


*   William Barret Travis in the fight for independence from Mexico was in command of the Texan forces at the Battle of the Alamo, where he was killed along with all of his men.
According to legend, he drew a line in the sand and challenged the defenders of the Alamo to cross it and fight to the death. He is considered a great hero in Texas.
Athanasios Diakos in the fight for independence from Turkey was in command of a Greek force at the Battle on the bridge of Alamana, where were killed all of his men. According to legend, he drew his sword and attacked alone against the thousands.. He is considered a great hero in Greece...

the tales of a Greek Sailor

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