‘Vortex’ poems by Manolis

At the Nov 25 meeting of Surrey Muse, Manolis presented fifteen poems from his latest title ‘Vortex’ (Libros Libertad 2011). Here we have Frosty Star, Blessing, Match, Wonder, and Daybreak.

Frosty Star

Frozen star place
on my forehead

and cross my arms
as if I’m praying

before you slide into
your red dress

enchanting all other stars
to murmur sweet lullabies

for my ascent toward them
when I’m dead


May you always seek the unbound—I said
bitter-sweet pinch of nettles
the unsaid may you always eulogize
like the sob in your profound silence
may you always bless the unachievable
like the uncontested summer dream

May you always yearn for the sunlit—I said
in the darkest night of your soul
the bitter-sweet wine of nostalgia
when your single tear drips before
the smiling child whose life
has yet to be taught of fear

She tossed her hair back
and touching my lips whispered: you too

when we met again


Give me a match—he cried
just one match is needed

to light my fiery mind
and walking to the pulpit

he crossed himself before
taking communion

priest’s eyes rolled around
the congregation as though saying

this man doesn’t belong here
this man is not allowed in here

yet that man was there before the icons
with a match in his hand and

in his other holding tight
the fuse of the dynamite


I could come back—you said
when you would call me

I could come back to saddle
my white horse and ride next to you

toward that glen where we sat
that sunlit afternoon

I could come back—you said
without my whims

I could bring with me
the laughter we shared
in that sunlit glen

I close my eyes wondering
where you are
what keeps you away


You always get up first
light rustle of bed-sheet
you walk to the bathroom

I stretch my leg to feel your warmth
outline of your missing body
I feel your heartbeat

pulsing smoothly on the sheet
that covered your body all night long
rhythm being in harmony with mine

I hear you brushing
your teeth
your hair
your steps slowly back to bed

waiting for me to open my eyes
like that first time
in that cheap hotel years ago

they must have demolished it by now
to build a newer and higher building

and when I pretend to wake up
like that first time you whisper

I love you

Manolis also read:
Adagio, Canadian Prairie, Present Tense, Questions, Continuance,
Hair, Wait, Coffee, Saunter, and Discovery.

Vortex by Manolis
Libros Libertad
Paperback 9 x 6 in
149 pages
ISBN: 9781926763163

Email infolibroslibertad@shaw.ca

Poems presented at the Nov 25 meeting of Surrey Muse


About Surrey Muse

An interdisciplinary Arts and Literature group that meets Fourth Friday of each month except December. Presents a Guest Author, a Featured Poet, and a Featured Artist/Performer. Discussions. Open Mic. Book Table. Book Signings. Free event. Donations welcome.

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