Friday 26 February 2021

Three Poems by Iulia Gherghei

Late Winter story

My father saw in every tree a virgin

Winding their hair like a cuddle

I see only witches who

Now that the spring is near

Are poking my eyes with their blackened fingers

But, my father saw fairies in every woman

So he followed them like a mad man

Hoping they would open the heaven for him

I was always left behind

With my eyes blastering

Wiped by the witch's curses

To watch forever the same story

Just like a tree



All things are in their right places


My dog is sleeping in the armchair next to mine

And all things are in their right places

The world makes sense tonight

In the other room, my daughter 

A kind of wild cat

Scratches the walls of the world 

In her attempt to own it

Me and my dog we are past these ego goals

We are spectators

The world unfolds its secrets to us in day to day dosage

One miracle at a time 

Sharing is more rewarding than owning 

But each age has its lessons

My dog understands that sleep is important

Stretching your joints too

She is my master in yoga

Perfect poses she draws on the carpet


Tonight the world makes sense

All things are in their right places

My dog is sleeping in the armchair next to mine

And the night unfolds its purple sky to our feet



Drawing a raging bull


The screen keeps getting dark

I can't finish my task

It interrupts me constantly 

So I cry for help to my kid

A kid who used to go to sleep watching Tom and Jerry on computer

I was too tired to read

By the time she would  have went to sleep

I would be so agitated, so exhausted, so nervous 

So it was better for her to fall asleep on that jazzy music of Tom getting kicked off by Jerry with a frying pan

Pretty soon, around three years old

she would use the pc all alone

I was too slow as she bluntly announced me


At four  years old she asked me in front of a large audience 

If I know how to say crazy mother in English 

Her subtle way of offending me in public

Now she feels entitle to explain to me how my new phone works 

And yeah a mutual contempt has already grown amongst us


The war between generations started somewhere in the deep caves with the drawing of a raging bull

Who could imagine?! 



Iulia Gherghei, Romanian poet of English expression, graduated from University of Bucharest as information technology expert, has published her first poetry collection in 2012 at

Prisoners of Cinema Paradiso was edited by Brian Wrixon. She mainly publishes her poems on Facebook. She was also published in many e-zines or poetry sites like Destiny Poets, where she received the honour to be chosen Poet of the year in 2012. In 2015 she won the poetry contest of the Blackwater Poetry group on Facebook. She was part of many anthologies, one of them being The Significant Anthology edited by Koshy A V and Reena Prasad. 

In 2020 some of her poems were translated in Turkish by Baki Yiğit in several Turkish literary magazines. 

Also starting this year she has her own author page on site. 

In January 2021 she received the Poem of the year award from the Destiny Poets site for her poem An imaginary friend. 


1 comment:

  1. Lovely poems drawn from life into a canvas with words. Poignant and vivid.


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