The griot in Zacharoula Gaitanaki sings to her motherland Greece with a patriotic spirit and poetic zeal. The poet and her poem reminds her people that despite the current challenges. They need to love their country, Greece is endowed with natural ambience. Greek Landscapes fits well in the genre of literary tourism .
Landscapes of my country, full of Light and Color.
I keep in mind Memories, in my fistful some native soil.
I walk on your ways, my Greece, and gaze greedily
I lock you up inside me.
I get across the extremity of the end.
To see the Light of your Sun and to enjoy the Sunset.
On desert islands, my steps sound
joining seabirds’ fate.
Landscape blue, Greek, beloved places.
Sea worth ships “Sophia”, “Giorgis”, “Merope”.
The waters of your rivers murmur songs.
Hymns, for you, my country, the nightingales whisper.
The humble wild flowers, that grow on your earth
scatter a soft fragrance, wayfarer, on your touch.
Basil and velvet, myrtles and lilies,
evident expression of holiday on childlike hands.
I pass and I dream, I remember and I weep
in my mind, Light and Colors I add up with generosity.
Spreads of earth of my country’ monuments of History
human destiny’s distinctive symbols.
Temples, burial vaults, ancient ornaments,
theatres, columns, stadiums,
uncultivated fields and small villages empty…
Landscapes of my country, overloaded with Memories
I balance on their moderation the rhymes of my pen.
Dr. Zacharoula Gaitanaki was born in Athens on November 30th, 1966. Now, she is a small farmer and lives with her family in Arcadia. She writes poems, articles, short stories, essays, novels and review of book. She is also a translator of books of poetry. She is a life member of the “World Academy of Arts and Culture” / “World Congress of Poets” (which awarded her the title of the Honorary Doctor of Literature), of the IWA, the “WPS”, the “Poetas del Mundo” and the “Asociacion Mundial de Escritores. She has published twelve books & 4 e-books.
MBIZO CHIRASHA is (ihraf.org) 2019 International Fellow of the International Human Rights Arts Festival New York. Essays contributor for the MONK art and soul Magazinehttp://monk.gallery/category/essays/ in United Kingdom. Co-Editor of the STREET VOICE a German Africa Poetry collection, http://www.street-voice.de/SV7/SVissue7.html in Germany, Co-Editor of Silent Voices, https://www.obooko.com/free-poetry-collections/silent-voices-adedoyin ( a tribute to Chinua Achebe) Contributor Atunis Galatika,https://atunispoetry.com/2018/11/23/mbizo-chirasha-zimbabwe/, Belgium.Contributor to Diogen Plus Magazine in Turkey, http://diogenplus.weebly.com/mbizo-chirasha.html.Editor of the WomaWords Literary Press, https://womawordsliterarypress.home.blog/. Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal, miombopublishing.wordpress.com