The unpurged images of day
The King of the moon came looking for her
With blood dripping from his mouth
And a wide toothy smile as wide as the Bosphorous.
Aristomenos became the daughter of the Ancient Man.
Did everything she can to remain Byzantine
But the Ottomans raped her and laughed at her and smoked hashish.
She asked herself what the Greeks said about murder
And refrained. Uttering such-and-such platitudes
She reassured her bridgroom and submitted.
Most of the Greeks trusted this, and their fathers
Became Muslim. They no longer exalted the mysteries of belief.
They were worse than the Janissaries
Staffed by Christian youths from the Balkan provinces
Who were forcibly converted to Islām on being drafted into the Ottoman service.
This is how a civilization crumbles.