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Clarification

Men carry a common woman.
To her they entrust what they couldnʼt find in love,
what they didnʼt manage to elicit from other women.
They telegraph words
and translate their longing in wine.
Behind their closed doors
lurks conceit
and a phallic anecdote,
they conceive depth as length,
difficulty as subterfuge.
They die in their sleep,
sometimes even in hospital,
completely alone.

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A short essay on beauty

As I look at you, rather with childish eyes, and wonder,
without finding an explanation,
how such beauty became you,
I think
it must have been my motherʼs unpleasant mouth
when she sang sweet songs to me,
her fleshy hands when she lulled me to sleep,
her neglected body when she leaned over me,
implanting the verse and joy
in me,
and so i can recognize you now.

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Family grave

Two things are left to me from my mother,
that she wasnʼt shy of me sitting with her legs apart
(Shy of a child?),
and a long bicuspid
protruding from her shut mouth.

Then,
thinking of her,
I remember other things.
Itʼs as if these two precursors
formed an image to open in my mind.
Nowadays
I often think of her as a heap of bones,
her white flesh must be lost, ,
that only her tooth must remain – if not fallen —
marking her head forever:
but for you an aimless branding
and maybe even for me,
as when Iʼm beside her
I canʼt see –
I only wonder
in what way life chooses to remember her.

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Lesson

To walk on the waves,
you must have dreams.
To reach the waves
you must be light
of the mindʼs weights.

I am ready. Lord,
to cross the sea of faces that You created,
that escaped Your control
and have become a foaming ocean.

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Yorgos Kartakis (1963-) was born in Chania. Crete. He attended schools in Germany, where he lived and worked for a number of years. He is now settled in Chania living as professor. His work has been published widely, and he is also a painter who has held two one-man shows in Cologne, Germany.

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