Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Chernobyl Cherries

Academic journal article Transnational Literature

Chernobyl Cherries

Article excerpt

you chose not to plan this trip but live it

abandon your package hotel catch a ferryboat,

run out of drachmas borrow a sleeping bag

from a rockabilly with an old american car

walk to the beach in the dark

sleeping on the beach is not even a thing anymore

the hippies have all found cushy jobs and gone home

plus you never were a hippie anyway still, you try

to get comfy on the dunes it doesn't go well

but you can't remember where you left your hotel

night rain makes splash dents on the sand

soaks through the cotton sleeping bag

actually a button close quilt sewn by spyro's gran

the sun takes forever to pull on her clothes

molten face crowing at your damp bones

at the kafeneion spyro is studying the news

though he doesn't seem the type a map, huge arrows

aimed from russia at greece you ask why

he waves his hands, pkwaahhh! …

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