The little boy of pain

N. Lygeros

Translated from the Greek by Angeliki Papadopoulou, Evi Charitidou

To Dimos Petropoulos

He threw a cast of dice
the doors opened
the dices of sorrow
went away
and hit
a forgotten metal sheet
dated from a painful era.
He cried for the saltiness
of a child’s sea
who experienced the bitterness
of a blue and white homeland
by playing backgammon
with life.

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