Thursday, August 1, 2019




the rain evocators
with soft naked feet
in the blazing dust
juvenile bodies
covered with foliage
under the fiery sun

may the rain
the long-awaited

may the rain
wash away
the rotting seagulls
from the shore
may the rain
drive up the sap
in barren branches
and unleash the springs
in dried up fountains

may the rain
rinse off the dust
from blind turning eyes


this house
so peaceful
with its wooden panels
polished by weathers
the heat of summer
winter frost
the ripeness of autumn
with grapes
hanging from the gutter
and pathways
chequered with quinces
and wall nuts

they had found bones
when they broke it down
to build it anew
bones of man –
stories went around
about a merchant
who came from afar
after completed trade
seeking for night shelter
on his way home
which he never reached

sometimes at night
watching the stars
so much closer here
than anywhere else
I hear a moan
a clink of steel
an owl call
a woman wailing
in the distance
of four generations


walking around the lake
brooding on yellow lilies
a sense of solitude
drips on algae-coated
obsolete nymphs

behind wire fences
the sun fades away
trickles down
light dissipates
like burning silk

I call a name –
in a void of answers
birds flutter away
to precarious shelters


Dr. APRILIA ZANK is an educationist, freelance lecturer for Creative Writing and Translation Theory, as well as a multilingual poet, translator, editor from Munich, Germany and an Author of the Poetry book BAREFOOT TO ARCADIA. Born in Romania, she studied English and French Literature and Linguistics at the University of Bucharest, and then moved to Munich, Germany where she received her PhD degree in Literature and Psycholinguistics for her thesis, THE WORD IN THE WORD Literary Text Reception and Linguistic Relativity, from the Ludwig Maximilian University, where she started her teaching career. The research for her PhD thesis was done in collaboration with six universities from Europe, and as a visiting lecturer at Alberta University of Edmonton, Canada. Dr Aprilia writes verses in English and German, French and Romanian and was awarded a distinction at the “Vera Piller” Poetry Contest in Zurich. Her poetry collection, TERMINUS ARCADIA, was 2nd Place Winner at the Twowolvz Press Poetry Chapbook Contest 2013. In 2018, she was awarded the title “Dr. Aprilia Zank – Germany Beat Poet Laureate”, by the National Beat Poetry Foundation (USA). She has been an acclaimed guest at cultural events in Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Turkey, Singapore and Romania, where she read her poems, delivered lectures on various topics. Her poems and articles are published in many ezines and Anthologies of different countries.

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