translated by Yannis Goumas

A never-spoken mouth

From its lips
Hung cigarettes
And entire lives
An abrupt kiss
Cutting like a razor
Those who flirted
To construe it
By speaking in its stead

At times it gaped
Like an open grave
Ready to swallow those who used
Sweet words to seduce the souls
Or it took away your voice
If you dared say a word to it

But all the more frightful
Was its smile
A reminder that whenever necessary
It knew how to show its teeth

And woe to you
If it took you in its mouth


  Ippokratous 15, Saixpirikon Publications, Thessaloniki, 2011