Temptation within


What am I?
Nothing more than single flashes of a light
Staying suspended in the future and the past
Never fearing I could glow again so bright
With the latter on my back clinging steadfast.

What am I?
Just a pigment or the tiniest of leaves
On a slender branch I cling, the tree of life
To be blown by the impulse of the wind
Hope my fall’s among the flowers of the night.

What am I?
An unknown and unheard of wasteland voice
In a far away corner of a planet
But surrounded by meadows of choice
Always bowing to the beauty of a garnet.

What am I?
But a single annotation on a score sheet
Of a grand almighty symphony of mime
Or a speck, a dot of a limitless upbeat
In a place and a destiny of time.

What am I?
Only this my wretched heart at present knows
It’s attached to some perplexities forlorn
In the everlasting hunt of blissful rows
Those that tell about no mirth nor human mourn.

Iakovos Garivaldis
Variation from a poem by a dear friend Peter Lim
titled “What am I?”

Melbourne 2011


Iakovos Garivaldis

By Iakovos Garivaldis

Iakovos Garivaldis (founder of Diasporic Literature Spot) was born in Thessaloniki Greece, and arrived in Australia as a migrant. He has studied Computer Science and is a Certified IBM U2 Developer / Administrator.He writes poetry (in both Greek and English) and in Australia was president of Hellenic Writer's Association of Australia between 1993 and 2004.Published six books, as he founded the first bi-lingual literary website in 1997, organised the first book exhibition of the works of Greek-Australian writers, organised the first photographic exhibition of Greek-Australian writer portraits and was the first to research literature on the internet in the Diaspora. Γεννήθηκε στη Θεσσαλονίκη, έφτασε στην Αυστραλία το 1970 και υπηρέτησε σε πολλούς παροικιακούς οργανισμούς. Γράφει λογοτεχνία στην Ελληνική και Αγγλική από παιδική ηλικία.


  1. Dear friend, Iakove,

    “Your verse appears dramatic and yet fine,
    with excellent words, rythm and rhyme,
    its true, that inspiration, like a jewel-mine,
    comes so much better in winter time! ”

    (I tried to insert my comment due to the aura that your inspired poem delivered to our minds. What a nice poem! We liked it very much. Aris Adanis)

  2. My Dear Friend Iakovos,

    You honour me with this variation.
    I am truly delighted.
    You have mastered the art of fusing thought and feeling with delicate and moving language as a composer would fuse musical ideas into immortal sound.
    I am also delighted with the rhyming of the poem.

    A truly superb rendition.
    Peter Lim

  3. I was impressed by your reading at World Poetry on Saturday at Fed Square and am looking forward to enjoying more poetry from you.
    I’m moved by your sensitivity and attention to detail; sublime structure and rhyme.
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Melpomene,
      You know this is all a writer wants to hear, especially from a person they have never met, and even more so when that person is a writer themselves.
      I really thank you for seeing through my words.
      best regards to your poetry

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