Maria Skoula is a poet and an artist, painting aquarelles.
She is also a writer, illustrator, photographer and translator.
Maria was born in Athens and lives there.
I first met Maria at the Σοκολάτα – Sokolata,
off Ermou street in Athens, while talking to Keti about poetry,
and having some of Keti’s best chocolates.
Keti introduced me to Maria.
Keti brought her Cavafy ‘s 154 poems book,
And the three of us had great poetry discussions.
Maria is a very sensitive woman,
And once I showed her my poetry she could see everything
Between the lines.
She has those eyes full of lights, wisdom, smiles and sometimes tears.
She said, “Suli i am so happy that I met you. We speak the same language”.
*Here is one of Maria’s paintings.
Here is one of Maria’ s beautiful poems.
Though I study Greek, I am still far from understanding Greek poetry,
So I asked my amazing teacher Leonidas, from Thessaloniki,
To translate it for me.
Να σωσει τουτο το απογευμα
Το βραδυ ερχεται
Με ποιο να μοιαζει ;
Ανοσταλγητη φευγει η μερα
Σαν αφυσητο πανι στο πελαγος.
Εμεινα τοτε γυμνη στην ακρη της θαλασσας
Με ορμη να παραλαβαινω
Τα βοτσαλα που ξεπεφταν στην παραλι.
free translation of Maria’s poem
Will save this afternoon
The evening comes
To what is it similar?
It doesn’t enchanted me
The day passes by without longings.
Like a sail in the sea
With no wind
I stayed then naked on the seashore
Receiving in desire
The pebbles on the beach declines.
* AND ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL ART PAINTING OF MARIA
To see more of Maria’s beautiful poetry and art
visit her book at Ourboox
Clouds – Synnefa / Maria Skoula
Memories and impressions in poetry and aquarelle
To my friend, the poet Maria Skoula
Maria / Shulamit Sapir-Nevo
She looked into my eyes
And she saw the river
Though I didn’t let it flow.
A few words on the phone
And she heard
I didn’t say.
“Why are you sad?”, she asked,
Her voice softened
“I don’t want to leave Athens”, I said.
“Don’t worry”, she said,
“You will come again,
Σε ευχαριστώ τοσο πολύ αγαπητη μου, φιλη Μαρια.
Τα Λεμε 🙂 .