This One Walking Beside Me Whom I Do Not See

Some of the angels I encountered in the Greek cemetery, described in Angels over Alexandria.  The poems are from our favorite poets, Constantine Cavafy and Juan Ramón Jiménez.

Angel in the Shade © 2009 Veronica Morriss

“I am not I.

I am this one

walking beside me whom I do not see,

whom at times I manage to visit,

and whom at other times I forget;

who remains calm and silent while I talk,

and forgives, gently, when I hate,

who walks where I am not,

who will remain standing when I die.”

Juan Ramón Jiménez

Angel of the Sea © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Wings © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Voices

Loved, idealized voices
of those who have died, or of those
lost for us like the dead.

Sometimes they speak to us in dreams;
sometimes deep in thought the mind hears them.

And, with their sound, for a moment return
sounds from our life’s first poetry –
like distant music fading away at night.

Constantine P. Cavafy

Angel of Prayer © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Kneeling in Prayer © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Angel of Mourning © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Heaven and Earth © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Angel of Hope © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Angel of Silence © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Guardian Angel © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Angel and Cross © 2009 Veronica Morriss

“My feet, so deep in the earth!

My wings, so far into the heavens!

–And so much pain

in the heart torn between!–”

Juan Ramón Jiménez

Baby Angel © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Angels and Icons © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Tomb of Iasis

I, Iasis, lie here -famous for my good looks
in this great city.
The wise admired me, so did common, superficial people.
I took equal pleasure in both.

But from being considered so often a Narcissus and Hermes,
excess wore me out, killed me. Traveller,
if you’re an Alexandrian, you won’t blame me.
You know the pace of our life -its fever, its absolute devotion to pleasure.

Constantine P. Cavafy

Angel and Rose © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Tomb of the Bougainvillea © 2009 Veronica Morriss

Garden of Angels © 2009 Veronica Morriss

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Categories: Adventure, Egypt, Photos, Travel

Author:Veronica Morriss, M.A.

Maritime archaeologist

7 Comments on “This One Walking Beside Me Whom I Do Not See”

  1. February 25, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    Beautiful….completely beautiful in vision and in words…

  2. February 26, 2012 at 8:21 am #

    love the ‘angel and cross’. The rest are rather grand 😉

  3. February 26, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    This is wonderful. Just two years ago I started this fascination of Alexandria and its history. When I chanced upon this blog and saw the pictures, I realize there’s so much more to learn! Shall be reading on from here-on and still hoping that some day I’ll get to do these awesome things you do too…

  4. lauraelaro
    February 27, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    Beautiful photos. Thanks for taking us there.
    ~Laura

  5. December 12, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    I love old cemeteries! Beautiful pictures!!

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    […] Sculptures decorate many of the tombs. Children rest calmly under the watchful eye of towering angels that seem to alight over the cemetery. Their pale marble skin stands out in stark contrast to the bright blue sky.  Other angels perched solemnly on graves. (See them here) […]

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