Inheritance

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Nick Trakakis

Wherever I go, whatever I do
I carry within me my Father:
that look, that sigh
of one thrown onto alien land
without hope of returning home
for home has ceased to exist.

Wherever I go, whatever I do
I carry within me my Mother:
that look, that sigh
of a little girl with double-plaited hair
stranded on an outer village hilltop
amidst violent rain
crying and weeping
having just heard of the murder of her father.

This is my inheritance.

Nick Trakakis

N.Ν. Trakakis

About N.Ν. Trakakis

Nektarios Nikolaos (‘Nick’) Trakakis was born in 1972 in Melbourne from Cretan parents. He studied philosophy and theology at undergraduate level, and was awarded his PhD in philosophy from Monash University in 2005. He has taught Philosophy at Monash and Deakin Universities, and he is currently a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He has published two books and many journal articles on philosophical and theological themes. He has also published the following collections of poetry and prose: Tears (2005), Silent Transfigurations (2006), Via Dolorosa (2008), and Clearings (2011).
Australia, English, Literature, Poetry, Permalink

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