Guess Who?* (I)

Mr. L in Athens

Mr. L., has never been married

He likes uzo in the morning

And makes La Gioconda sketches repeatedly

He likes the idea of museums except

The forever white. And he doesn’t look

Directly to the eyes of young boys

Mr. L lives near to the Omonia square, far from Florence


In the balcony of a geometrically defined silence

He hosts his ghost quests from youth

But none of them stays overnight

Betrayal is one sided, he writes into his notebook


He sometimes thinks of his first painting lessons

Before fame, arrogance and craving

Now, in Athens, with a fishing line in his hand

Just at the well of eternity

He finds eternity is nonsense


A white handsome young boy passes by

He holds his head down


And prefers to watch his own liquid memory

Betrayal is two sided like the surface of water

Mr L. doesn’t write this into his notebook

Katerina Illipoulou or Efe Duyan

* "Guess Who" texts are a series of poems which have been written during Crear Workshop, in Scotland. They can be considered as a game among the Wordexpress writers, so that one poet tries to imitate the style, themes and way of thinking of another poet. On the other hand, those poems indicate a significant outcome of poetry translation process (in Crear) during which the writers tried to get into the other's world- and, in fact, a clear sign of that they did it.


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