The British Museum


N.Ν. Trakakis

Outshining the statues of Hathor and Ramesses II
truer to life than the coffin lids picturing Osiris, Isis and Horus
the bright Aegean light
revealing the half-clothed and voluptuous Aphrodite
Demeter seated on throne
Apollo holding kithara
Dionysios wearing ivy wreath
Hermes overlooking procession of fine girls
Homer apotheosized
and resplendent friezes not frozen but ever-present
battles between Lapiths and Centaurs
warriors advancing in rank, on foot and horseback
attacking heavily fortified cities
clashing shield-on-shield
with flying draperies
grasping fallen victims by the hair
preparing to thrust with sword
as Winged Victory flies down to award the laurel crown.
And then the most amazing sight of all:
the three Nereids from Xanthos
daughters of Nereus
erotic and alluring
escorting the souls of the dead on their journeys
singing, dancing: sensual thighs and erect breasts.
Immense pride
at beholding and communing with
ancestors who gave birth to me.


N.Ν. Trakakis
3 November 2010

N.Ν. Trakakis

By N.Ν. Trakakis

Nektarios Nikolaos (‘Nick’) Trakakis was born in 1972 in Melbourne from Cretan parents. He studied philosophy and theology at undergraduate level, and was awarded his PhD in philosophy from Monash University in 2005. He has taught Philosophy at Monash and Deakin Universities, and he is currently a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He has published two books and many journal articles on philosophical and theological themes. He has also published the following collections of poetry and prose: Tears (2005), Silent Transfigurations (2006), Via Dolorosa (2008), and Clearings (2011).