Absence


By Zoi Aliozi

 

From all
the homes
I lived
your arms
I miss
the most.

Time
trumps
everything
but love
and truth.
By way of
combination,
true love
is timeless,
invincible.

As a sentimental
analphabet
of melancholia,
no words
could cover
the spectrum
of my sadness,
I thought
I knew
pain
but I was
wrong—
You came
and brought
new
meaning
in the term,
Or better,
you left,
and redefined.
Is your absence
that is fueling
this dark state?
Is this seemingly
permanent
stability
that I cannot
seem to get
used to?
The given
that your
lack
has come
to stay?
Your lack,
my luck,
the lack of it?

The only
association
to your
being,
The only
that has
come here
to stay
after
you’ve left,
is your absence.

When will this ellipsis expire?
All die but your absence…


About the poet:

ALIOZI ZoiDr. Zoi Aliozi was born in Serres, Greece, on 21 March 1980, and moved to England where she studied LLB. She is a human rights expert and activist, with an international career, engaging with global justice’s issues. Her publications deal with human rights, philosophy and international law; with social and political topics, climate change, feminism, as well as aesthetics, critique of cinematography, poetry and art. She is also a painter and graffiti artist, while has published comic strips and sketches in various periodicals.

Her poetry comes from the struggle to reconcile reason with emotion, in a direct communicative style, by using the traditional language construction built on alphabet. She engages with a laconic style of sarcastic linguistic games; between the implied ideal truth—fired by the ego’s urge for emotional connection to the other and the world—and the ideal universal deception of eternal unconditional mutual sentiment. Her writing is founded on a subconscious process of expressing the indescribable, through an internal dialogue fuelled by the perpetual war of reason and emotion; lost in translation

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