Since the dawn of civilization
Greece has honoured the Goddess
On my travels
I journey on the Aegean Sea
I am a pilgrim
On a pilgrimage of life
The Goddess wind skirts my legs

Onward to the island
of Mykonos I go
pressing my feet
onto sacred ground
ascending 687 stone steps
I am breathless
Olympian athlete am I
fit and ready and able
My intention is honourable
I want to reach the top
A second wind I get
I climb two steps at a time
feeling the wind on my face

I reach out my arms
to embrace
Sacred temple of Diana
Artemis in all her glory
Holy altar of the goddess
Watching over the land
Goddess wind touches me
I am strong
in my psyche
Strong in my body
Strong in my spirit

I have been here before
As a Handmaid of Diana
honouring the Goddess
from my heart
As spiral wind captures me
Circling me in
the meandering wind
holds me in its wake
Bending, curving, twisting me
into the lap of the Goddess
into the Oneness
Into the Divine place of memory.

©Maria Duncalf-Barber