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by Katerina Charisi
2019-01-18 10:43:37
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"Why do we have to live at your place?” That’s what I always asked her in fights. “I’m sick and tired of being with your folks, I have a family too, you know. You never wanted to come to my place, my town, not even for holidays. But I have a life there too, you know. I am someone there.”

“She never wanted to come here. Now she is gone, and I ‘m back. After 40 years I ‘m back to my old neighborhood. I thought I would be happy now. But guess what? I’m late. There’s no one left. Most of them left or passed away. The rest of them don’t even remember me. They all got their lives and forgot the one we had together. “

“Oh, don’t get fooled by the old house. I could build a palace if I wanted to. But what for? For who? I’m alone.”

“I came back too late. Or I was just wrong. It wasn’t that bad there. We actually had a good life. I just never managed to stop feeling a stranger. That’s why I wanted to come back here. But I am a stranger here too. Damn, it is too late.”




«Γιατί πρέπει να ζούμε εδώ?» Αυτό τη ρωτούσα συνέχεια όταν καβγαδίζαμε. «Βαρέθηκα να βλέπω συνέχεια τους δικούς σου, έχω κι εγώ οικογένεια ξέρεις. Ποτέ δεν ήθελες να μείνουμε στο δικό μου μέρος, στη δική μου πόλη, ούτε καν για τις διακοπές. Αλλά έχω κι εγώ ζωή εκεί, ξέρεις. Είμαι κι εγώ κάποιος εκεί.»

«Ποτέ δεν ήθελε να έρθει. Τώρα εκείνη έφυγε κι εγώ γύρισα. Μετά από 40 χρόνια είμαι ξανά στην παλιά γειτονιά μου. Νόμισα πως θα ήμουν ευτυχισμένος. Αλλά ξέρεις κάτι? Άργησα πολύ. Δεν έμεινε κανείς. Οι περισσότεροι έφυγαν. Ή πέθαναν. Οι υπόλοιποι δε με θυμούνται καν. Έκαναν όλοι τις ζωές τους και ξέχασαν αυτή που ζήσαμε κάποτε μαζί.»

«Μη σε γελά το παλιόσπιτο. Θα μπορούσα να χτίσω παλάτι αν ήθελα. Αλλά ποιος ο λόγος? Για ποιον? Είμαι μόνος μου».

«Ήρθα πίσω πολύ αργά. Ή έκανα λάθος. Δεν ήταν και τόσο άσχημα εκεί. Είχαμε στ’ αλήθεια μια καλή ζωή. Αλλά ποτέ δεν έπαψα να νιώθω ξένος. Γι’ αυτό ήθελα να γυρίσω πίσω. Αλλά ξένος είμαι κι εδώ. Γαμώτο, άργησα πολύ».


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Emanuel Paparella2015-08-04 12:40:50
The above could be labeled confessional writing, but what makes it so refreshing is that it is very brief interested in exploring one essential core sentiment, it is not a verbose stream of consciousness narcissistic soliloquy, i.e., it is also concerned with collective social issues while remaining poetical. This is rare in confessional writing but worth pondering. Well done Katerina!

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