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Yesterday Yesterday
by Nikos Laios
2016-06-22 10:38:30
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Yesterday

The grey clouds scrolled
Over the mountains
Casting reflections
On the river, with the mist
Slowly pouring into the valley.

img_1331_reflection_in_the_mirror_400As the cool of
Winter gripped the
Dark brown earth,
Humming with the
The jangling notes
Of banjos tangled
In wisps of smoke
Rising upwards
From stone
Chimneys.

The dried herbs and oregano
Hanging from the ceiling rafters
With the garlic bulbs over
The babble of warm voices
Gathered around the grandmother's
Stories,and the clinking of glasses
And clacking of needles.

They were wrapped
In the winter embrace
Of the mountains that
Year, one of many winters
Collected in their storehouse
Of childhood memories.

The valley is desolate
Now,except for the
Croaking frogs and
Cicadas among
The overflown
Grass and weeds,
And the dozen old timers
Rocking on their porches
Wistfully looking upwards
Towards the mountain peaks.

They buried the
Grandmother that year;
Entombed in jasmine
And hyacinths:
And the crystal tears
Of roses,and her
Warm stories that
Sustained them
Through those
Many long
Winters.
 
Then winter came
Again,with the grey
Clouds scrolling
Over the mountains
Casting reflections
On the river, with the mist
Slowly pouring into the valley
Filling the memories of
Yesterday.

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With a digital drawing from Nikos Laios


  
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