Elgin Marbles

The Elgin marbles.
I stand alone in the room.
Did that one just move?

Inspired by the Elgin Marbles, a collection of classical Greek statues completed by Phidias and his assistants. They are called the Elgin Marbles in reference to Thomas Bruce, the seventh Earl of Elgin, who removed the statues from Greece between 1801 and 1812. They are now housed in the British Museum. However, the marbles are controversial because Greece has expressed disapproval regarding the removal of the statues from Greece, and believes that the British government should return them. The issue has yet to be resolved.

The Three Moirai

Clotho, will you please
spin me a thread made of gold,
shiny, smooth and clean?

Lachesis, please do
make my golden thread so long,
the envy of others.

Atropos, will you
please not cut my thread until
I am all alone?

Inspired by the Moirai, Greek mythical creatures known in English as the Fates. They consist of three women, Clotho (meaning “spinner”), Lachesis (meaning “allotter”) and Atropos (meaning “inevitable”, a reference to death). Together they controlled the thread of life for every mortal, and when someone’s thread is cut they die.

Femme Fatale

A glance, a red smile.
Enthrals him, learns his secrets.
Loose tongues can lose wars.

Inspired by the stock character of the Femme fatale, a cliche character. She is a mysterious and seductive woman who uses her charms to lead her lovers into dangerous, compromising or deadly situations.

Aubade

He sung an aubade
to me, but his heart belonged
to someone else.

An aubade is a morning love song (in contrast to a serenade, which is an evening love song) which evokes the idea of lovers separating a dawn. In the strictest sense of the term, an aubade is a song sung from a door or window to a sleeping woman.

Petinesca

Civilisation
buried, discovered, unearthed.
Ancient lives revealed

Petinesca is an archaeological site located in Switzerland. It is home to several Roman and Celtic artifacts including a fortified village.