Anastasia N. Margeti (Greece)

 
Anastasia N. Margeti (Greece)
 
Anastasia N. Margeti was born and raised in Athens. She studied education, history and literature at the University of Athens. Articles of hers have appeared in pedagogical journals and conference minutes. She teaches in the Athens public school system. She published the poetry collection “The Third from Truth” (AΩ Editions, 2015 & Editions GRIGORIS, 2019). Her verse has been included in group anthologies.
 
 
P O E T I C E T H I C S
 
…for where we are free to act
we are also free to refrain from acting,
and where we are able to say No
we are also able to say Yes.
 
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
 
It aged upon her
the role’s
attire.
 
Now
she sheds it
in silence.
 
All of her
beholds
her naked image
in the mirror.
 
Shadows of night
listen secretly
to mid-life hopes
curves of air
and sadness
hollows of anger
at the edge of touch.
Unsmiling
she again tightly dons
the same past.
And turns her gaze
on the unspoken.
 
 
 
 
A L T E R AT I O N S
 
…we can control our actions
from beginning to end,
and we are conscious of them…
 
Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
 
It aged upon her
the role’s
attire.
 
Awkward her truths
they wring her neck.
Her extremities
tear the seams.
And the hours become impassable.
 
Now
she is clad
in silence.
 
She adheres
to the present tense
of possibilities.
 
Into her knapsack she tosses
the bold colors
and syllables
of revolt.
Then she departs hastily
dressed as a rebel.
 
So that her presence
shall not remain
unjustified.
 
 
 
T H E  R E P U B L I C
 
Whatever you fear
you judge
and you condemn it
ceaselessly
to death.
 
Take heed!
The way you behave
you become
an absolute monarch.
 
And thereby
your life
depends
on your own justice.
 
Translated by Robert & Despina Crist
 
 

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