"Until the Restoration"
The urns that once held wine,
held grain, stand empty but of dust;
the statues stripped of their silks
and their gay festival paint,
bared to the naked eye.
They wait, these things,
in ruins and museums,
until time turns its tide
until the restoration.
The people will reclaim
what conquest has stolen,
restore what war has destroyed.
The myths and the memories remain,
like the stubs of the temple pillars
reaching up from the dust.
The songs, too, and the great epics
recited of old, still linger in the air
like whispers in a distant mist
saying, I will survive.
Take up what was,
and will be again, take back
what was lost but never forgotten.
Call out, and They will answer
as they have of old:
here comes Athena,
grey-eyed goddess of wisdom
with Her olive branch in hand;
Poseidon rises with trident
pointing to the dense schools of fish,
friend to His faithful fishermen;
the oracles return
to dove-holding Dodona
and once again speak prophecies.
Let the children's children's children
unearth what was buried, brush
the dust from the holy things,
and give praise to Olympus.
Let them pore over what liturgies
have not been lost to time, let them
do as their ancestors have done --
or, failing that, invent.
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Athena is the goddess of wisdom in the Greek pantheon, known for having grey eyes and creating olive trees.
Poseidon is the Greek god of the sea.
Dodona is the site of a famous oracle.
Olympus is a mountain where the Greek gods and goddesses live.
Hellenic reconstructionism is among the more famous examples of Pagan traditions rebuilt from historic examples. Read an introduction of its ways and visit the Hellenion. Here is a bibliography of further resources.