Neo-Hellene Poets, an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

Posted: 05/12/2022 by vequinox in Literature

Poem by George Souris

HEROES

Amid the missiles and explosions

in their prime of youth they fell,

daring and courageous, bodies

unfittingly buried in foreign lands.

No one knows their graves,

no one goes to mourn them,

nor burn incense for them,

and no one ever made a wreath.

Nameless heroes in unknown graves,

no one ever wrote their names

or ever kissed the soil. No cross was ever

placed there nor ever candle lit.

One day a young girl’s tears

will flow over graves that

have become the world’s cenotaphs

and beacons of victory for their mothers.

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