As published in Volume 11, NO 3, June 2014HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT I Had you had just one more petal, dear daisy, he would have loved me! said the girl. II I’ll stop pulling your petals off, dear daisy. Time passed and your secret he hurled at me! said the woman. ON TWO “I LOVE YOU” OF ADOLESCENCE He apparently knew something suspected something and wrote “I love you” in snow. She probably knew nothing neither did she suspect anything and carved “I love you” into rock. UNEXPECTED PARTING The point is not that they parted so unexpectedly neither that they loved each other so much and now “how can they bear it?” nor that some day they will regret it. The point is that they were left in the box those cookies she so tenderly baked for him. THE LAST SUITCASE – Open it. They should be there. – What if they’re not? What if our last hope fades away? VALUABLE CONSIDERATION We’ll make a bargain with the sun. They were adamant about it. They made a bargain with the sun and it worked! They gave the sun their soul and bought off its light. DIAGNOSTIC XRAY I detect swelling of the lacrimal glands behind your smile a deep bleeding wound behind your anger acute frenzy behind your silence. Your desire has reached its peak, madam. DIAGNOSTIC BLOOD TEST A tempest and unrest commands your veins, madam. Great tumult in the blood flow. You had better check your heart. EDITING Agreed, he told them. If you insist then I will tell you my life story (semicolon) but on one condition. First you will allow me to pass by the editing room. REVENGE OF THE HEART At the very end the heart avenges the mind. When the heart stops beating the mind also dies.
Translated by Despina Pirketti
As published in Volume 9, NO 2, June 2012
CANCELLATION In the end, the cloud passed without leaving behind one drop of rain. Needlessly the umbrellas had been bought. Needlessly those who came without raincoats worried. THE APOLOGY OF A STAR THAT FELL TO EARTH Forgive me your wish was not granted. I apologize for not making your dream a reality. For someone else I fell last night. It was not your turn. CARELESSNESS We thought that we had hid the sadness behind the drawn curtains. We did not notice that the light lying in wait behind it was inexorably casting its shadow. THE UNEXPECTED DEATH OF A LOVE The unexpected death of their love at such a young age shocked no one; people were not wearing black. Flags did not fly at half-mast; no three-day mourning was declared. The funeral was not carried out “at cost of the state”: nor was it attended by government representatives and a crowd of people; wreaths were not laid by parties, guilds or organizations; no eulogy was given by a dignitary not even by a friend or schoolmate. Not even they mourned as they should have with dark glasses and the fitting abstinence from the small pleasures of daily life.
LIKE EPIGRAMS A STRAIGHT LINE Has no angles to catch the light. No embraces to hold the warmth of the sun; always cruel and cold. JOY Insufferable when it cannot be shared. FOR THE FALLEN AND THE MISSING OF THE 1974 TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS Your omnipresent absence submerges spirit and soul. FAILING GRADE You do not pass, heart. Every year, you repeat the class. You fail the grade. LOVELESS HEART How differently it beats without love!
MISSED OPPORTUNITY He said no and she left his life. Without another word she left his life forever. If only she had given him more time to think more clearly to feel regret to change his mind perhaps... If only she had promised to pass by one more time... INATTENTION Life has caught him without homework again! Again he has failed the exams! And he had been told: When life teaches no one can afford to be absent no once can afford to be daydreaming. ATTIC Dark as it is and with dust covering things how can one see the wounds on their bodies the sadness on their surfaces? Yet, no one ever foresaw that neither darkness nor dust could conceal their sighs. And they heard them. Now they know. Translated by Irena Joannides From the collection THE WEIGHT OF THE RAIN, Literatura and Artes Publications, 2011.