Kelafonia, 2015 by Angeliki Ampelogianni (Lucent Dreaming Issue 8)

The summer I was walking barefoot, everywhere.
From your house on the hill to the beach,

the asphalt burning my heels. Barefoot
to the mini market for garlic and tomatoes.

Later, to the beach bars for Zombies and Mojitos,
my sandals in my hands, wearing a strapless

dress and my salty hair. Barefoot from the kitchen
to the balcony, overseeing the Ionian sea.

Tipsy at 4 a.m., drinking jäger out of coffee cups
and trying to count the stars. We were kids.

Barefoot down from the top bunk into yours.
You; waiting for my body, still smelling of the ocean.

The first time I touched another’s flesh. It was
that summer I was walking barefoot, everywhere,

thinking it was an education.

Angeliki Ampelogianni is a Greek poet born in Athens, Greece. She is currently based in Oxford, UK, where she is studying for a Master’s in Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes University. She also holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Some of her work has been published in the Kindling Journal. When she is not writing, you can find her reading and enjoying a big cup of decaf coffee. Angeliki is on Instagram.
@angel_de_la_vigne
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