maroussi greece
Cry me a river
by Sofia Kioroglou

I spread my palm in valediction,
memories of my childhood packed in boxes
tissues handy and dark sunglasses to hide my puffed-up eyes
a flood of feelings I can’t contain

I cry a river as my dad takes us to Maroussi
Two jobs and a hefty deposit on a better future
What good is complaining?
I am too young to understand

PHOTO: Ermou Street in Maroussi, Greece (

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In this poem, I wrote about my pangs of pain as I bid goodbye to my childhood friends. I was only seven and couldn’t understand the reasons why my parents decided to move out. My childhood memories in Nea Filothei are still etched on my mind.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sofia Kioroglou is an English teacher and translator. She works as a copywriter for and writes poetry and flash fiction. Her work can be found in a number of anthologies, literary journals, and magazines. She is a two-time poetry contest winner and author of two poetry books. To learn more about her, visit