Joseph S. Josephides

(23rd of May,1948 / Larnaca, CYPRUS)

Amazon River


Why, State, your eyes don’t see the Amazon River?
Tsiko said 'Amazon is life' and you agreed to save it.
Why the horsemen of interests invaded in the night?
Their bullet entered Tsiko’s chest but invades your own.

You cry as a crocodile, but tomorrow as a coward.

The pheasant of our forest sings dirges for our hero
Tsiko Mentez, same with the seal of Skiathos
that was wailing for the girl who fell in the sea.
We, his friends, are laughing in this jail you threw us
we set free a donkey in the square with a picket
declaring: “I don’t surrender”. Our voice is it,
the voice of the River, our tears and our sweat,
his roaring and his foam.

Thousands of trees, we stand mad but still, in his place.
If you cut us off you will to see us horizontal barriers
closing your way forward; your bullet in our trunk
opens a hole; it is the exit for the resin,
which we make wine and we drink in your health,
while birds and animals sing psalms to their Source.



© JosephJosephides

Submitted: Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Edited: Friday, February 07, 2014

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  • Adeline Foster (11/13/2008 5:37:00 PM)

    I stopped by to wonder what one knew of the Amazon who lived so far away. Ah, surprise, your Amazon was not so far at that.
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Marijo Pinero (9/27/2008 3:35:00 PM)

    What a great poet you are. I could learn something from you. The imagery is so vivid in every way. Thank you for sharing this lovely composition. (Report) Reply

  • Philippa Lane (9/27/2008 3:06:00 PM)

    A finely crafted brave and powerful poem. I felt I was in a stranglehold of some beast in the lush Amazonian forest while reading and feeling the emotions from which it emanated. I am certainly in for a feast reading your poetry in the middle of the night through the earlier morning hours - my insomnia is a blessing...

    Truly splendid. Your biography was very interesting indeed. You are, as I suspected, a well established poet. I was interested in all the translations of poetry you do.

    An old school friend of mine who is a nun and curator of the English Cemetery in Florence - Julia Holloway Bolton would certainly approve and enjoy your poetry; and I believe you would enjoy hers. Just google her name. I have an article on one of her websites entitled 'Soul's Green Dell' about Illnesses of the Mind...Julia is a medieval scholar. She is well published and writes so beautifully about so many wonderful things.

    Later tonight, I shall enjoy reading your poems - and pondering over them.

    Thank you for sharing them with all of us lesser poets.

    A bientot!

    Philippa (Montreal, Canada) (Report) Reply

  • Ency Bearis (9/23/2008 10:08:00 AM)

    a deep imagery of poem deep to the Amazon River...a nice narrative verses...A 10

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  • Enoch John (9/22/2008 3:32:00 PM)

    Dear Joseph,
    Thanks for your kind comments..Your poem AMAZON RIVER is very poetic and possesses a very rare quality found among modern poets-ie, it has a
    narrative voice.I will make it my business and find more time to comment on some
    of your poems in a couple days.

    Enoch john (Report) Reply

  • Sathyanarayana M V S (9/20/2008 11:17:00 AM)

    Joseph,
    ur poems are very very powerful. But I don't know the historical background of this poem...so a little confused and unable to fully appreciate the content. (Report) Reply

  • Ashraful Musaddeq (9/20/2008 9:42:00 AM)

    AMAZON RIVER is the great around the globe, I enjoyed this poem. Nicely composed with due care and imagery is magnificent. Love it.10. (Report) Reply

  • Marilyn Lott (9/20/2008 8:06:00 AM)

    I felt drawn into your deep forest and swallowed by biblical history. Wow, that was quite a trip, Joseph.

    Best Wishes,
    Marilyn (Report) Reply

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