King of the Sea

Life in a small coastal town is a test of discipline.

The forest air that blows from the Geraneia mountain and swirls over the Corinthian Gulf before settling over the coastline is constant meditation.

It’s easy to understand why the Greeks make a run for the cafes. If not for caffeine, one might fall into a slumber only to wake up with that terrible sense of under accomplishment.

Yet still, Loutraki is a tourist town and there are days I’d rather linger at the seafront cafes, in all my foreignness.

Yet every time I do, the moment I sit down and gaze over the gulf, I’ll see the same fisherman on the same boat, hard at work.

Perhaps it is of no coincidence that his boat is often photographed by both myself and local photographers.

Floating in blue

I am so intrigued.

Loutraki Fisherman

I would love to ask him questions and listen to his story.

Loutraki Fisherman

 How long have you been fishing?

Is fishing a family tradition?

What was your scariest moment at sea?

Have you ever seen a dolphin?

Can you see a lot of stars out there?

Please don’t mistake me for rude, I often wonder what it’s like out there. On a boat floating over still waters, free from light pollution and under galaxies, stars and planets – seen to us as they were meant to.

Loutraki Fisherman

 However, behind these written words I am shy and rarely converse with strangers unless approached.

Loutraki Fisherman

So at the safe distance of my imagination, I will think of him as a simple fisherman – a man of the sea – and if his posture should speak true then he is King of the Sea, a child of Poseidon.

May Poseidon never be offended and keep his waters safe –

Loutraki Fisherman

 – as he returns to port.

2 Responses to “King of the Sea

  • May Poseidon never be offended and keep his waters safe …

    This is a coincidence. I was just reading this evening about the destruction of the towns of Helike and Bura, said to have been destroyed by Poseidon for Helike’s impious mistreatment of envoys from Ionia. As Pausanias wrote some centuries later, “The fate of Helike is one among many warnings that the wrath of the god who protects suppliants is not to be averted.” I don’t suppose your simple fisherman will do anything so offensive as to bring an earthquake and tsunami upon your idyll, though.

    • Absolutely brilliant! Also, Helike is fascinating! If I remember correctly, there was a huge statue of Poseidon there. It was washed out into sea during a tsunami..ancient fishermen used to complain about getting their fishing nets stuck on the trident.

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