Tuesday, November 1, 2022



In Memoriam…

For my mother


Fading memories

lost in oblivion

before the sun sets.

Clock of time

strucks midnight.

A bougainvillea alone

reminds you.

I remember...;

Do you remember ...?

Images are slow

faces ... landscapes ....

but you kept me as an amulet.

Your gaze froze on me

and then ...... silence.




Without frills

and lent ornaments

on early sunrise

words were stripped.

Mirrors cracked

by the weight of shame.

Crowds remained silent

under the light.

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…




Sky is a foreign land

angels are travel birds

looking for their familiar old places.

You spread your wings over the oceans

with a red fire scarf

a kiss on the eyes

oh, rainbow of the heart.

There is no "goodbye" to this love

you will be back here again

on the sea waves 

wandering around the straits of time.



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 appeared in Greek letters in 2014 with the theatrical "Before the sun sets", Ostria publications. In 2015 came out her second book "One moment just an eternity” (short stories), Ostria publications, and in 2017 her third book "Sounds in the silence" (short stories), Ostria publications. In 2019, her book "Barsaat the dance of rain" -a collection of short stories and poems- was published by 24grammata editions. In 2021 came out her poetry collection “Words as mirrors” by 24grammata editions. In 2022 her book “Like an old fairy-tale” was published by Sympantikes Diadromes editions. “One moment just an eternity”, has been translated in English and was published in 2020 by Ontime Books in Great Britain; it has become best-seller in eight countries. It is prefaced by writer and radio producer Theofanis L. Panagiotopoulos. “Sounds in the Silence” has also been translated in English and was published in 2021 by Ontime Books in Great Britain; it has become best-seller in eight countries. It is prefaced by writer and radio producer Theofanis L. Panagiotopoulos. She has been honored three times with the Larry Niven Fantasy Literature Prize (first and second prize in the "Fantasy" category). In 2019 she was awarded the ALEXANDROS PAPADIAMANTIS prose prize by the literary magazine KEFALOS for her work and her active presence in contemporary intellectual activity. Also, the Hellenic Cultural Club of Cyprus chose "Barsaat the dance of rain" as Book of the Year 2019 and “Words as Mirrors” as Book of the Year 2021. In 2020 she was honored with the PANORAMA YOUTH LITERARY AWARD 2020 during Panorama International Literature Festival 2020 in India. In 2021, her poem "Eternity" received a golden medal in an international poetry competition in China.  Also, her poem “I Paint” received award in the International Poetry Competition NOSSIDE in Italy. She is Program Coordinator & Member of the Executive Board of the Writers Capital International Foundation. In addition to her writing activity, she has participated as a speaker in educational conferences. She has also taken part- representing Greece- in international literary festivals in Europe and Asia. Her poems and short stories have been translated into English, Chinese, Taiwanese, Bengali and Spanish and have been published in world-class sites and magazines, including Atunis Poetry (Belgium), Jasminecollors (Tunisia), Blossoms Journal (Philippines), Nan (Taiwan), Science Herald (China), China Culture and Education Network (China), Revista Cardenal (Mexico), Revista Altazor (Chile), Revista Kametsa (Peru).


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