Greek Woman, Corfu
Today I swam with a woman
who sang to the seagulls
she sang of midnight
she sang of poverty
she sang of fear
she sang to the sea.
Today I swam with a woman who sang of the broken
she sang to the sparrows
and she sang to me.
She sang of winter, of hunger and starving.
She sang of sorrow, she sang of greed.
She sang of hope, the fallen and dying.
Today she sang her song to me.
She sang of the spring that lives in her island
she sang of its wars, its people, its famines.
She sang of Athens, soup kitchens, hunger
of people queuing for food from Crete –
onions tomatoes bread and water.
She sang to the seagulls she sang to me.
She sang her song of cleaners and soldiers
she sang of the sailors, the driven, the hopeless
she sang of her sisters and brothers and poets
mothers of children whose lives hold no future.
She sang her song of the sea to me.
She sang of workers unpaid for their labour
she sang of shipyards, of builders and teachers
whose spirits were crushed, whose lives lay in pieces
she sang of her country she sang of the free.
Geraldine Green is a freelance creative writing tutor, mentor, poetry editor and published poet. She lives on the Furness Peninsula, Cumbria. She’s had five collections published and her work has been widely antholgised in the UK and the US. Geraldine’s latest collection Salt Road was published in 2013 by Indigo Dreams Publishing. She is writer-in-residence at Swarthmoor Hall Ulverston and is currently working on a small pamphlet collection titled A Wing and a Prayer in response to that role. In September 2011 she gained a PhD in creative writing from Lancaster University titled: ‘An Exploration of Identity and Environment through Poetry’. A frequent visitor to North America she has another poetry tour planned for August 2015.
Geraldine blogs at http://geraldinegreensaltroad.blogspot.co.uk