Neo-Hellene Poets, an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry, 1750-2018

Poem by Kiki Dimoula


He came back

dressed in the shade of the undefined.

His eyes a sea-floor without a surface

his lips the incision of mystery

his words a vague deck of cards

that flop to one side or the other

his body an incense

and his hair drenched in youth

his laughter the ruin of souls

he hid the wind inside him

that ripped my paper dreams

my tomorrow cried inside me

long time has gone by

since I received the communion of his loss

in a glass gold-plated by autumn

when I covered his picture with the twilight

and I locked up my songs

for a long time that we’ve forgotten each other.

He came back

a day when we unearthed the parchment of our memory

and signed a godly continuance

since we loved each other.

Yesterday we went our separate ways.


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