Greek Poet      ILIAS   FOUKIS
Poetry is the voice of the Gods

Sunday, January 4, 2015



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.


Today the season called autumn begins. 

As the leaves began to fall

and me an Old Man
my thoughts also began to fall
and I would like to speak this once
to autumn -- about autumn. 

It doesn't continue on from here... 

I am abandoned, one after the other,

like the World
by the Grand hallucinations of Genesis
the metaphors...
the allegories...
the symbols... 

They return to Greece with life

and leave me with death in Troy. 

That is why I move along behind them

to see at long last one clean day
bringing thus this Epic to a definitive close
and with Classical diction find a measure of happiness
because Happiness is the Divine Cause
even for its own Beginning.

But I'm afraid

that for the Modern critics of the Future
to whom
autumn may arrive
as eternal dark
my words about autumn -- to autumn
as if nothing was going on
might then be incorporated into a chapter
of the Iliad or the Odyssey
and thus its better if... I grow still.

Translation by  PHILIP  RAMP

1 comment:

  1. Andreas Evangelos Vanezis --- POET ---
    I hope you don't leave, you have a gift and you know it.
    The greatest poet that ever lived , may have never been know by anybody, but I'm sure he enjoyed his work.
    Write for yourself, not others and I'm sure there heart will follow.
    There will always be critics the trick is to not mind that they exist.