The Trireme, Remembered

The Battle of Salamis. From News Network Archaeology.

The Trireme, Remembered

‘All right.  This is how it was.
We rowed into position.
We lined up on the seam
where West and East meet,
to meet the enemy.
For us it was a matter
of democracy, of keeping free
the West from hierarchs.
It had come down to being
us or them
at Salamis.  Our triremes
outmaneuvered theirs, our rowers
just that much more smooth
in executing moves
that made the difference.  At the end of the day,
we hoisted a few
at the tavern, men, free,
not shackled.’

Philip Kuepper
1 December 2013

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