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

Poem by Harris Psaras


The door we didn’t open leads

to the rose garden

to the true conflict, between the rose and the thorn

and each error a thick foliage

that hides inside it the birds from the hunter.

The world but a stage show of a travelling troupe

the director quenches his thirst stooping

in the themele. He mistook it for the mouth of the well.

Further on frogs croaked, sang

Attic tragedians with their heavy tones  

Time the flowers’ withering and its counting

cast on a healthy leg. Who has the courage?

Eve and Odoaker dared

but half way on the journey their shoulders gave up

their courage cost them Heaven and Rome

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