I PAINT: Poem by Smaragdi Mitropoulou

Ι paint
a sun …
a basil on the windowsill…
and a love among the bougainvillaeas.
Ι paint
a well with water
to quench your thirst
a nightingale to sing to you
and a moon
to keep you company at night
not to be afraid.
I paint
a road full of stars
a path full of dreams
and a golden line to show you the way.
I’m waiting for you
the clocks broke tonight
I’m waiting for you
and I paint hope


έναν ήλιο..
έναν βασιλικό στο περβάζι…
κι έναν έρωτα ανάμεσα στις βουκαμβίλιες.
ένα πηγάδι με νερό
να σβήσεις τη δίψα σου
ένα αηδόνι να σου τραγουδά
κι ένα φεγγάρι
να σου κρατά τις νύχτες συντροφιά
να μη φοβάσαι.
ένα δρόμο σπαρμένο άστρα
ένα μονοπάτι σπαρμένο όνειρα
και μια χρυσή ακτίνα να σου δείχνει το δρόμο.
Σε περιμένω….
σπάσανε απόψε του χρόνου τα ρολόγια…
Σε περιμένω…
και ζωγραφίζω την ελπίδα….

Σμαραγδή Μητροπούλου

Poem by
Smaragdi Mitropoulou
© Smaragdi Mitropoulou

About the author

Smaragdi Mitropoulou was born in Athens. She has studied history and archaeology at the University of Athens and had postgraduate history studies at the University of Cardiff, in Great Britain. She serves in secondary education. She is also a CreativeWriting graduate (Diploma in Creative Writing) from the Writers’ Bureau College(Manchester, UK), and has studied theatre writing at the International TheaterInstitute and directing at the Foundation of Culture in Tinos island. She has received awards in Greece and abroad for her poetry and prose. Also, she is a Programme Coordinator & Member of the Executive Board of Writers Capital InternationalFoundation. So far, she has written six books, which have been published and launched in Greece. Two of them, “One moment just an eternity” and “Sounds in the
Silence” was translated into English and was published in 2020 and 2021respectively by the English Ontime Books Publishing House. Her poetry has been translated into Bengali, Chinese, Taiwanese and Spanish language and has been published in online and print magazines in the Philippines, China and Taiwan, Mexico, Chile and Peru.