Titos Patrikios – Selected Poems


Oh, sky, you think is enough that we stare at you?

It seems you don’t know us.

Although you repeat to show us your best images

although you insert the muddy bellies of the clouds

although sometimes you look like flour

undressed of its last future

we still need to find you, authentic, amid

your deserted countenances,

we can still find you and teach you what you are

which you don’t know

or have forgotten.

Don’t clench your jaws, oh sky,

don’t get angry, don’t be afraid of us

we won’t harm you more than what you need.

We can even save you.

Stars that stepped over so many strong bodies

and so many corpses

are all welcomed in our hearts.

Their rays, which saw the crust of earth,

are also welcomed.

They had to know this.

We proceed; we shake off all the corners

of the sun that obstruct our path

we step on the neck of each constellation

that tries to stop us;

and these rotten stars

with their empty and frozen shells of bodies

there masks that simulate the light

need a thorough clean up.



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