Friday, January 9, 2009

Leaf of Gold and Green (Cyprus)

Mikis Theodorakis & Giorgos Dalaras

Composed by Mikis Theodorakis,
poetry by Leonidas Malenis for CyBC's documentary "To Nisi Tis Afroditis"
(The Island of Aphrodite) in 1964.

The leaf of gold and green in the song is not by chance.
There is a species of oak that grows only in Cyprus.
One side of the leaf is gold and the other is green.
The "Golden Oak" is the national tree of Cyprus.

"Ποταμοῖς τοῖς αὐτοῖς ἐμβαίνομέν τε καὶ οὐκ ἐμβαίνομεν, εἶμέν τε καὶ οὐκ εἶμεν."

"We both step and do not step in the same rivers. We are and are not."
Heraclitus the Riddler

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