Mykonos- K.J. Koukas

Background to the poem:

I recently went back home for a wee break. I was sitting out on our balcony and just enjoying the evening and watching the beautiful sunset. My mind was wandering (as it usually does) and the birds were chirping. Before I knew it this poem surfaced in my head and I quickly wrote it down before it decided to disappear. Hope you like it!

 

Mykonos – K.J. Koukas (April 2017)

Why! Have you seen
Anything so supreme
White and blue is the theme.

Far ahead windmills can be seen
Olive trees around make the scene
And let us not forget
Donkeys walking through the streets.

Come morning…

Cats and pelicans walking side by side
Talking about the days gone by
Fishermen preparing their morning catch
While locals sitting and having a chat.

The sun shining
And the sea glistening
As if small pieces
Of a mirror are sparkling.

Now come evening…

The sun is tucked away
Gone to sleep for another day.
The moon comes out
And settles for the night.

Out comes the night sky
Glowing with starlight.
Shooting stars ahead
Make a wish before it is too late.

Listen!
Crickets are singing their song
While night hunters are running along
Discovering a whole new world.

Look around and behold
For I believe
I have found paradise
In this part of the world.

Two seagulls – K. J. Koukas

Background to the poem:

Another one of my poems, but this one is slightly different. I am not sure what to call it. Maybe a comical poem? Don’t know. Some background to this. I come from a small island in Greece where everyone knows everyone. So sometimes there can be no privacy or a story could get round in seconds. Old families have nicknames, everyone is hospitable, and in some respect we are all one big family. Now, imagine old grandmothers sitting around, people watching, gossiping and spreading rumours. I was home over the Christmas period and while sitting at a cafe with my sister this poem just occurred. Our mascot is a pelican called Petros and on that particular day he was out roaming the roads. We saw him and said hello and there was an actual goose who would not stop crying. At one point the goose was ‘shouting’ at a parked car. My sister and I found that odd and laughed of course. So here it is…. 

Two seagulls – K. J. Koukas  (January 2017)
Sitting at the cafe
And what do I see ?
Two seagulls going by
Talking in a high.This is how it went.

Why did you hear ?
Said the one
About what ?
Said the other

Why about Petros the pelican?
What about Petros the pelican?
Why he had an affair
What ? Really?

Yes. Apparently she was quite a gal.
And he quite a flirt
Why yes. How did you know?
Why that is Petros for you.

Anyway. They went flapping together
You don’t say.
Why I do say.
And then what happened ?

Why then they ended up beaking.
No!?
Yes.
No!

I start gigging and they turn
They look at me
And say what a strange creature
They turn and start again.

Why did you hear ?
Said the one
About what?
Said the other.

Why about Mrs Goose.
What about Mrs Goose?
Why she was drunk and loud
Oh really?

Why yes…

And off they went.
Two seagulls going by
Talking on a high.

Wondrous Land- K. J. Koukas

Background to the poem:

To be quite honest with you I have no idea where this poem came from. I was at the park with a friend and I was just gazing into the distance. I just love autumn, with the leaves falling from the trees. The orange  yellow colour. While I was processing the scene in front of me, a poem or two I read a long time ago came to my head and inspired me to write this. I hope you like it and it is not too terrible. 

Wondrous Land- K.J. Koukas [October 2016]

Behold this wondrous land.

The sun shines
And the flames flicker
The moon glistens
And the stars glitter

Lakes lay quiet
As the water sleeps
Wood crackles
As the fire heats.

Listen carefully
What is that you hear?

As howling wolves release their cries
There is a voice in the wind
Travelling from afar
Whispering tales long gone by

Behold this wondrous land
For it seems it is a fairyland.

Goodbye- K.J. Koukas (August 2012)

Background to the poem:

In July 2012 I graduated with a BA in Classical Studies. It was a great day and a sad day. Goodbyes had to be said between good friends with the possibility of not seeing them again for a very long time.  Those three years during my BA were the best. I met the best of people and made friends for life. There was laughter and there was sadness. It was a great journey and a great adventure. But that didn’t mean that it had to be the end on our graduation day. Just the beginning of a new adventure with the promise of not to lose each other.

After graduating and after saying my goodbyes I went home and wrote this poem. Didn’t think much of it at the time but I thought I should put it up now and share it with the world… before I changed my mind! Hope you like it.

 

Goodbye- K.J. Koukas (August 2012)

It’s time to say goodbye
But we will not cry
we are going away
each their separate way.

We might not  see each other again
but even if this is true
we will never forget one another.
You’re in my heart
and I’m sure I am in yours.
We’ll kiss each other goodbye
and say farewell
hoping to meet soon.

We will stand strong
and hold our heads high.
Goodbye my dear friend
I’ll miss you.

Sorrow by K.J.Koukas

Background to the poem:

A year ago today, I received sad news from my mother. She told me that my father’s uncle, my beloved great-uncle Mixalis died. He was 94 years old. He lived a good life and he was the loveliest man I knew from my father’s family. Little did we know that great-uncle Mixalis was not the only one we were going to lose that month. It was a strange time and I have to say one of the saddest moment/month of our life. On Christmas day, last year, we lost our dear dear friend Abu. He was one of mum’s oldest friends and best friend to both my parents. My sister and I knew Abu all our lives and saw him as part of our family. We all loved him very dearly. He was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago and finally the deadly poison took him from us. We did know it was going to come some day, but we did not expect Christmas Day. Then a third death. My mum’s uncle, my great-uncle Dan died in January. He was my pen pal. We started writing proper letters to each other years ago. I still have all those letters and I will treasure them forever. When the news of great-uncle Dan reached me, I just broke down. To me and my sister it felt like we lost so many family members in the space of a month. My grandmother always told us that everything comes in threes and in this particular incident she was right. I was so sad during that month , I sat down and just wrote this poem. 

Sorrow-  K.J.Koukas — January 2015

The moment that you died
my heart was torn in two
one part filled with heartache
the other died with you.

I often lie awake at night
when the world is fast asleep
and down memory lane I leap
with tears upon my cheek.

Remembering you is easy
I do it every day
but missing you is heartache
that never goes away.

I hold you tightly in my heart
and there you will remain
until the joyous day arrives
that we will meet again.