Antikythera Mechanism, or Dreams Submerged

Brian Geiger has very kindly given my poem, “Antikythera Mechanism, Or Dreams Submerged” a home at Vita Brevis. Thank you for publishing it, Brian.

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CaptureSubmitted by Merril Smith

Long ago, a wooden ship
storm-caught, lay forgotten

far below the waves. Her secrets dripped
through her halted hull,

bobbing to the surface
(as dreams do)

while the creation within–
a vision of once shiny concinnity
grew tarnished,

its wheels and gears stilled,
its promises and predictions

sea-surrendered and metamorphosed,

buried with responses never revealed
to questions left unasked
about the future,

where we, once sea-dwellers,
still feel the constant tide’s pull,
urging us down–

yet we look up—with dreams
remembered–
that we came from the stars.

*In 1900, sponge divers found the Antikythera mechanism in a two thousand-year old Roman ship sunk off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera.


About the Poet

Merril D. Smith is an independent scholar with a Ph.D. in American History. She is the author/editor of many books of history, gender, and sexuality. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have…

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27 thoughts on “Antikythera Mechanism, or Dreams Submerged

  1. Congratulations on being featured in Vita Brevis!! I love your poem’s reminder that

    “we, once sea-dwellers,
    still feel the constant tide’s pull,
    urging us down–

    yet we look up—with dreams
    remembered–
    that we came from the stars…”

    Now I need to find out more about the history and function of the Antikythera mechanism…

    • Thank you so much, Will!
      I can’t remember where I first came across the Antikythera Mechanism–I think it may have been a Google Doodle–but I’ve been obsessed about writing a poem about it ever since. 🙂

  2. This is most excellent Merril thank you for sharing it. Congratulations for being published in Vita Brevis! Been thinking of you and your poetic prowess – I really love your writings. Interspersed with lovely photographs –

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