A ring of islands

A ring of islands which unites
shrine and saint with rock and sea.
True believers come to find
ecstatic landscapes of the mind
in their centralities of white
and circumscribing depths of blue.

A ring of islands which persists
in pulling drawstrings good and tight
round hearts of exiled acolytes
and stirring, as they gently browse
on Greek in far-off libraries,
the reverie of Hellenists.

– David Morphet 2012