S.M., 50, a secondary education teacher in Andros Island , Greece


Without frills

and lent ornaments

on early sunrise

words were stripped.

Mirrors cracked

by the weight of shame.

Crowds remained silent

under the light.

For centuries now

poetry goes the narrow path uphill.

On a proud rock

the shadow of  Holy Mary embraces her.

White tunic

holy grail

the sound of  bell

the song of the  waves

redemption time…


My heart is a gypsy

a free bird flying in the wind

a mermaid  diving into the sea waves…

But tonight

only yours I shall be;


the moon bleeds

and love in red dances flamenco.

Smaragdi Mitropoulou was born in Athens. She has studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens and had postgraduate history studies at the University of Cardiff, in Great Britain. She serves in secondary education. She is also a Creative Writing graduate (Diploma in Creative Writing) from the Writers’ Bureau College (Manchester, UK), and has studied theater writing at the International Theater Institute and directing at the Foundation of  Culture in Tinos island. She has received awards in Greece and abroad for her poetry and prose. Also, she  is Programme Coordinator of Writers Capital International Foundation. So far, she  has written four books,  which have been published and launched in Greece. One of them, “One moment just an eternity”, has been translated into English and was published in 2020 by the English Ontime Books Publishing House.  Her poetry has been translated into Bengali, Chinese and Taiwanese and published in online and print magazines in Philippines, China and Taiwan.

[submitted on 5/7/2021]

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