TREES & FLOWERS Poems by Katerina Koumlidou

The Almond tree

In the dew of March,
in the midst of the flowers,
in the aromas of the roses,
in the sweet and erotic song of the birds,
the queen of beauty, the almond tree,
the jewel, the ethereal princess,
Blooming as a bouquet,
spread its fragrances
around increasingly
to accept the soft kiss of the wind.
And seeing the almond tree,
the sun enchanted by the fragrances
embraces her
with a blond light-coloured veil.
The plains flood around
from the snow-capped trees,
and a white sheet of white pearl
leaves all slowly spreading
to the plains that it covers.

Like The Flowers

A few flowers I kept in a crystal jar,
I cared for them and watched them with pride
all around, they sent their perfume
their dew and grace.
And my concern for these flowers
and my joy for them was getting bigger.
Suddenly one day – oh! Sadness!
My nice jar was cracked
and each of the cool water drops,
like my tears, drained slowly – slowly
and the flowers were withered,
and they faded quickly

Like flowers, we are all, likewise,
my pain tears are those drops,
and the vase is our painful heart,
and our hopes are the flowers.
And as my heart slowly wane
and my hopes are getting worse.

© Κατερίνα Θ. Κουμλίδου

Hailing from Thessaloniki, Greece, Katerena Kaumlidou is an educator and writer of international repute. She was the director of the Ministry of Education and Public, Managing Director of Ε.Ι.Ν. (National Youth Foundation), Member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Adult Lifelong Learning (IEDEK), Chairman of the School Committee of the Experimental School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and was also responsible for a number of European education programs in Greece.

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