lockdown eve. A poem by Renos Nicos Spanoudes

from my seat
far table at pavement patisserie

vantage point

see i

a ma(sked)n
walking three huskies by

breathing in
i sip my espresso duble
take another bite
of my pre midnight treat

croissant le choc

if ever there was a time i needed to talk
to the departed
to my beloveds
to s(pirit)oul
it is now

for i seek comprehension
courage perhaps

even understanding


to why i chose this journey

expressions of hope

that i
the universe’s universal lessons learn
partake of the offerings on the planet’s table


one and twenty
maybe more

faithin deep


for the earth spins yet


Renos Nicos Spanoudes is a South African of Greek Cypriot immigrant parentage. He is a teacher, lecturer, radio announcer, television presenter, as well as an award winning actor, director, writer of plays, poems and short stories,. His most recent work was in the role of Verwoerd’s Assassin, Dimitri Tsafendas, in the Solo Production, STRANGE LAND staged at The Barney Simon Theatre, Market Theatre Complex in Johannesburg. He is Head of Dramatic Arts and Arts & Culture at King David High School Victory Park, facilitates the PGCE Trainee Dramatic Arts Teachers at Wits Plus and mentors the 2nd Year Directing Course at the University of Pretoria Drama Department. Renos is on Facebook.

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