RAJ NANDY

(CALCUTTA, NOW SETTLED IN NEW DELHI)

**HERO AND LEANDER


** HERO AND LEANDER


The Dardanelles is a narrow strait which links, -
The strait of Bosporus with the Aegean Sea;
And also separates the European from the Asian
side of Turkey!
In the ancient days this strait was better known
as Hellespont,
With its narrowest stretch between Sestos and
Abydos!
Hero, the beautiful virgin priestess of Aphrodite*, -
Lived in Sestos on the European side!
Leander a fiery youth from Abydos, lived on
the opposite side of Sestos!
Leander saw Hero at a religious festival at Sestos,
And it was love at first sight we are assured!
Leander wooed Hero with many soft words of
entreaty;
How could Aphrodite the Goddess of Love and
Beauty, -
Accept a virgin’s worship in the logic of all
things?
For it never did fit in to the scheme of things!
Hero finally consented and returned Leander’s
love!
Every night she lit a lamp on Sesto’s tower above!
To guide Leander as he swam the Hellespont -
And to come safely to her waiting shores!
One day a violent storm broke out at sea, -
Making Leander to drift far out at sea!
The strong winds had extinguished Hero’s
tower light,
What fate ordains can hardly be denied!
Hero jumped from the tower overcome with
grief,
And at the bottom of the Hellespont they both
peacefully sleep!
-Raj Nandy
18 Apr 09
New Delhi
(Composed this poem-based on an old Greek myth I
came across reading Byzantine History! *Greek Aphrodite -
is the Roman Venus, – the goddess of love.)

Submitted: Saturday, April 18, 2009
Edited: Sunday, April 19, 2009

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  • Sandra Fowler (10/2/2009 5:48:00 AM)

    Romantic beyond words. You have done justice
    to this beautiful tragedy with your graceful pen.
    You are my favorite online professor, Raj.
    10/10.

    Always your friend,

    Sanda (Report) Reply

  • Vidi Writes (4/25/2009 9:41:00 AM)

    This is how a writer can bring a decade old tale to live and life
    An interesting tale just in front of my eyes
    Here i go to the treasury of internet to search more.

    This poem has cultivated a great interest in me
    To know more about the story in narration.

    Good subject.. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Mamta Agarwal (4/19/2009 12:08:00 AM)

    What a tragic ending; what fate ordains can hardly be denied- God's ways are indeed strange, too many questions, hardly any answers.

    its for good reason God didn't give us the ability to look into future. all we can do is to have a clear conscience and live with dignity.

    you have constructed a good thoughtful poem from a legend.

    10

    Mamta (Report) Reply

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