Music Composed, Performed, Produced by Irene Makri
Date of Creation: October 2015
An artistic contribution to the project, CIRCE The Black Cut and a response to its Open Call 2015
Lyrics taken by Theocritus' nineteenth Idyll [“Kiriokleptis” /'A stealer of Honeycombs']
Lyrics performed by Irene Makri
Text in English
Once upon a time, Greek God Eros, son of Aphrodite, stood curious and still in front of a beehive,
when he got attacked by a bee, as he tried to steal some wax.
Frightened, with swollen hands, running straight to the Goddess, he showed her his wounds and begged her for an answer.
Mother, the bee is so tiny, how can it cause such pain?
Venus lay back and laughed.
Why wonder, my humble child? Don't you act like the bee? When love arises in the human hearts, you also cause pain and grief twice your size.
Original Text [in ancient and modern Greek]: www.mikrosapoplous.gr/theocritus/thcrts19m.htm