1989

by Christos Polydorou

20170105_152954All the men I have loved are always with me.
I cannot reject any parts of my life.

It is my vice,
or if you like.

It is my virtue.
I am electrified and filled

by all my loves :
They create a

chain
in me,

which sometimes
becomes a

weight,
sometimes

becomes a
necklace

and sometimes
an experience

suggestive
of a nightmare.

(But I am with them
whether or not they are with me
because I love them.)

Text based on a loose translation of a response by the Greek actress, Aliki Viougiouklaki to Malvina Karali on a Greek television show Το Εγκλημα Της Δευτερας (1989), about forgetting or not forgetting the ones we have been in love with.

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