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sprung from a storybook,
this fierce hellenic youth,
descended from olympus,
slipping in sandaled feet
on the dusty winding paths
through ancient gnarled
olive groves that cling to
the hillsides for dear life,
the sea’s salt breath
in his face and hair,
a fresh and free caress.
his head sometimes
in the heavens, as he surveys
the patchwork quilt of earth below
as if it is his to put on or shrug off
as he pleases, a hero
destined for glory,
laurel wreaths and
tumultuous applause.

‘Leventeia’ = Greek term for reckless bravado and panache.
Photo of Stefanos Tsitsipas from youtube.
Here is the first in a trilogy of poems about Sascha Zverev.