Greek Poet ILIAS FOUKIS

Greek Poet      ILIAS   FOUKIS
Poetry is the voice of the Gods

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THE QUESTS Poem by ILIAS FOUKIS

 

BIOGRAPHY

The Greek poet ILIAS FOUKIS , was born on 20 August 1969 in Epirus in northwestern Greece. Began to write poetry since 1988 when he was student in the Lyceum. Published volume of poetry THE TESTAMENT OF A LESSER GOD , which has been translated into ten languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.. Has won literary awards - OSCAR DE DOS OURO VENCEDORES, Brazil 2012 - MASSIMO D'AZEGLIO, Italy, 2012, 2013 - CITA DEL GALATEO, Italy in 2013. MASSIMO D;AZEGLIO 2016. His poem titled YOUNG GREEK SOLITARY was included in Poetry Anthology - U.S. Library of Congress. Works and lives in Athens.


THE QUESTS 




As we ended daydreaming

this meant the placement of the sings
on Earth had also come an end
and now was the proper moment
to make our way down
in quest of golden things.
 
In agreement with the Dream forecasts
Luck would be found on the first level
which based on the recommendations 
of the Magicians of Paradise...
would be luminous
and delivered
of all the groans of Earth.


Since we would have luck in our own hands
there were many possibilities on the next level
according to one utterly faithful to
Ancient Astrological legend
we would encounter Love.


And since the Earth would have loved us
finally, on the third level, 
as the instructive Spirit
of the Founders of Genesis bore witness to
all the possibilities would lead to Happiness.


So you'll understand just how serious we were
in this Quest for Happiness
in the depths of Earth

I need only say that to be absolutely certain
the plan made clear that the searchers
had to be very careful
because our mysterious Earth 
kept fire in her pockets
which was capable of setting our
golden things aflame.


Don't worry...someone consoled us.
Our beloved Earth
keeps streams of water there within
so we can put out these dangerous fires
in an emergency...


An thus bit by bit
from Dream to ordeal
from ordeal to anxiety
the Earth finally opened up.


I imagine you understand...


We were sure that at last
we had before us
(despite the fact this was not aspired to
by a single written document in the World) 
an unblemished day.


Unfortunately, however, 
the Earth while continuing to be ours
hold nothing back especially for us
because she had never dreamed
of any future for her own self
and the existence of golden things
never even came up.


And indeed
it was precisely from this indifference of hers
the water which was the lighets of all
had risen high
and our hopes so unavoidably fiery
were extinguished
on the first level...



Translation by  PHILIP  RAMP

THE SUMMIT Poem by ILIAS FOUKIS



BIOGRAPHY

The Greek poet ILIAS FOUKIS , was born on 20 August 1969 in Epirus in northwestern Greece. Began to write poetry since 1988 when he was student in the Lyceum. Published volume of poetry THE TESTAMENT OF A LESSER GOD , which has been translated into ten languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.. Has won literary awards - OSCAR DE DOS OURO VENCEDORES, Brazil 2012 - MASSIMO D'AZEGLIO, Italy, 2012, 2013 - CITA DEL GALATEO, Italy in 2013. MASSIMO D;AZEGLIO 2016. His poem titled YOUNG GREEK SOLITARY was included in Poetry Anthology - U.S. Library of Congress. Works and lives in Athens.






THE SUMMIT



In the frozen wastes of Antarctica
the only thing lacking
was the Sun...
which was found in excess
only in the Sahara Desert.




In the heat and aridity of the Sahara
the only thing lacking was...
an Oasis
which was found in excess
only in the Amazon rain-forests.




Immersed in the Amazon Oasis
the only thing lacking
was the Summit...
which was found in excess
only in the Himalayan Mountains.




Now that I've reached the highest summit
in the Himalayas
I see that you can't dream of
anything higher than this...




On the Summit
the security and serenity
are so soothing and undisturbed
that I could literally
die of Loneliness...


So for that reason..
since I want to live
the only solution is descent..



Translation by  PHILIP RAMP

BEAUTY Poem by ILIAS FOUKIS


 

BIOGRAPHY

The Greek poet ILIAS FOUKIS , was born on 20 August 1969 in Epirus in northwestern Greece. Began to write poetry since 1988 when he was student in the Lyceum. Published volume of poetry THE TESTAMENT OF A LESSER GOD , which has been translated into ten languages including English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, etc.. Has won literary awards - OSCAR DE DOS OURO VENCEDORES, Brazil 2012 - MASSIMO D'AZEGLIO, Italy, 2012, 2013 - CITA DEL GALATEO, Italy in 2013. MASSIMO D;AZEGLIO 2016. His poem titled YOUNG GREEK SOLITARY was included in Poetry Anthology - U.S. Library of Congress. Works and lives in Athens.






BEAUTY


At that moment when Aphrodite 
conquered the fourth Sky as well
the highest circles of Society
decided that she could now be
proclaimed Illustrious Woman.



That is the great
moment had come for the Advertisement
her body to be stuck to the background
of Omnipotence
or for the passions of Nature to violently
trampled on
if she were
to conquer even the Ninth Heaven.


Or simply to be a contributor
to the Sun's circling from Dawn to Sunset
to be executed not only 
without any intervention of night
but also during the time period
when the Giants of money had a taste for it.


And without yet returning to her husband
Aphrodite observed that
the seas had begun to bury the blue in the earth
and the first dust had begun to fall
on the laurel wreath of victory 
as the island of Cyprus
filled up with reporters and managers
and with the vilest people in the World.


The moment Hephaestus learned of all that
he locked himself in his house
because he too would be losing
his beautiful wife
now she had appeared before 
the eyes of the World...



Translation by PHILIP RAMP