Piraeus – prose poem by Gabriela Marie Milton & more news on Literary Revelations

Piraeus by Gabriela Marie Milton

Tongues of white and blue licking the remnants of the old wall. Piraeus, the breeze marries us in its arms, smell of bittersweet oranges, salt, and strong coffee on your chest. The insanity of a lemon phyllo tart grabs at my lips. A nude sea struggles to stay awake.

The same taverna with its small tables, white chairs, and red wild roses crawling on its outside walls. The blue awnings move in the breeze like humongous lungs on a respirator. Three indifferent octopuses dry under the sun.   

My train of thought entangles on the rims of your open shirt, somewhere between your curly black hair tied in a ponytail and this insane phyllo tart that still grabs at my lips.  It’s something about the ruins of the old wall. The Melian Dialogue, “the strong do what they want and the weak suffer what they must.” *

Lord, this is not Melos. Athens lost the war, and I did not think about the Melian Dialogue. I thought about La salle d’attente, Maurice and his box with pills, one of them supposedly filled with poison. Nicholas had to choose.**

Mind games. The other side of Greece.

Where are the three octopuses? Where did they go? The sea is still here: nude, languorous, beautiful. It resurrects the breeze. A pale dizziness falls from the sky. Between my fingers white sand and the frenzy of your kisses. Beauty is danger. Love, please unbutton your shirt more.

The phyllo tart jumps at me, giggles, and turns itself into a blue chocolate box, tied with a golden bow which reads Leonidas, Maitre Chocolatier, 1913.

Oh, don’t make me choose sweet love. Don’t make me choose.

*Thucydides, The History of the Peloponnesian War, (431–404 BC)

* *Reference to The Magus by John Fowles, (1965).

Featured image by Gabriela Marie Milton – Piraeus, Greece.

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Gabriela Marie Milton
2022 Pushcart Prize Nominee
Publisher, Editor, Award Winning & #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (ed.), Literary Revelations, 2023
Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (ed.), Experiments in Fiction, 2022.
Woman: Splendor and Sorrow :I Love Poems and Poetic Prose, Vita Brevis Press, 2021.
Passions: Love Poems and Other Writings, Vita Brevis Press, 2020

95 thoughts on “Piraeus – prose poem by Gabriela Marie Milton & more news on Literary Revelations

    1. Thank you so much. I am truly humbled by your words. Have a beautiful weekend. xo

    1. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. You made me happy. Enjoy your weekend.

    1. Aw… Thank you Tim. It means a lot to me you liked it. I miss your posts. I will be visiting with you tonight. I hope everyone is well.

      1. I just got back from vacation a few hours ago. I can’t sleep. Jetlag. The kitties missed us. I missed them too. How are yours?

      1. You are most welcome dear Gabriela! I sending you a huge hugs and much love!
        xoxo ❤️🌹

  1. Completely caught up in the sensuality of your images, all of my senses engaged in the dilemma of comfort vs the wild! 🥀🌹

    1. My Goodness, Liz, thank you so much for your gorgeous comment. I am deeply grateful for your support and kindness. Sending huge hugs. Have a beautiful weekend. xo

    1. Thank you so much Barbara. I really appreciate the support. Have a great weekend.

      1. Barbara, I just saw now on your blog. Congratulations on your nominations!

      2. Thank you, Gabriela! This poem is so important right now in particular because children are dying in wars and for good health care for moms is not provided with equity.

      3. My pleasure. This is definitely a very important topic. I just got home from vacation. The jetlag kills me. I want to make sure that I did not miss anything important.
        Congratulations again,. Barbara.

  2. Beautiful imagery that tugs at every part of the senses dear Gabriela! It sounds like you had a wonderful time of respite for words to pop out so gorgeously.
    Hugs and love!

    1. Hey sweetheart, thank you so much for being here and supporting me. Thank you for your beautiful words. I am so glad you you liked the piece. Love you. Congratulations again on your new book!

      1. You’re so very welcome always Gabriela. Love you too and thanks so much for giving it such a wonderful review. Forever Grateful! ❣️

    1. Thank you so much Vasiliki. I hope you are feeling much better. Lots of love to you hon.

    1. Aw… my sweet Punam, thank you from the bottom of my heart hon. I am so honored by your words. Sending plenty of love and hugs your way.

      1. Believe me, always a pleasure (though I have been very erratic in my reading). Sending double the hugs and love back at ya! ❤️🤗❤️🤗

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart my dearest Michele. I hope you are having a great weekend 🙏🌺🌹❤️

  3. Magnifique photographie. Comme elles sont belles les îles grecques. On sent l’histoire couler entre les veines rocheuses des montagnes. Le texte aussi fait rêver.

  4. So wonderful to have you back Gabriela and read your words as intoxicating as the sea itself. I have missed reading these vignettes painted with an artist’s touch, the colors tastes and tactile textures..you let us feel it all. I hope secretly, the octopi, slid back into the water unnoticed:):) but what a scene you took us too. The air seemed more refreshing somehow:)

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart dearest Karima. I am so humbled by your praise. Every word you word is dear to me. I think the octopuses got away 🙂
      Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

    1. Nancy, hon, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your praise and your congrats. love you hon. Buona fortuna anche cara mia.

    1. Thank you so much dearest Basiliki. It means the world to me you liked the piece. I hope you are well hon. Sending lots of love ❤️ 🌺🌸

    1. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am so glad you enjoyed it. xo

    1. Thank you so much Barbara. It means a lot coming from you. Sending lots of good wishes your way,

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