If life is full of surprises,
then you shouldn’t be surprised
From the poetry collection Rough notes on a life vest (: Πρόχειρες σημειώσεις πάνω σ’ ένα σωσίβιο), Nicosia, Armida Publications, 2011.
What ever happened to Jeff Buckley´s lover?
«Οh drink a bit of wine»
«We both might go tomorrow»
«Let me say goodbye,
’cause you don’t remember who you were
and I don’t know who I ever have been».
30-year-old drowned in the river.
Guitars kept weeping.
No one knows what happened to Jeff Buckley's lover,
who just didn’t know.
From the poetry collection Rough notes on a life vest
(: Πρόχειρες σημειώσεις πάνω σ’ ένα σωσίβιο), Nicosia, Armida Publications, 2011.
If I don’t deliver it
I will die.
In the barn of my womb
with myrrh and ash gestates
akin to a star it convulses and
in the midnight hour it is born;
fine little skein
pricking the body
onto the floor I drip like blood I eject
to the ceiling and to the lamp fiercely
shudder, suffer, slay.
Translated by Despina Pyrketti
From the poetry collection The slaughter of the century (2018)