Theoharris Papadopoulos was born in Piraeus in 1978. He has published nine poetry books and a book of prose. He has participated in international writers’ conferences and his poems have been translated into English, Bulgarian, Spanish, Albanian, Pakistan and Swahili. 


When I did military service, I went to the island of Samos in the winter. Every month I traveled back to Athens for a few days. But I always had to return. Samos is very melancholy in winter and it rains every day. Well, when I left Athens for the fifth time, I wrote this poem.




You are on your way again


You say goodbye to the harbor 


You view the open sea in silence.


Deep away is the shore


Two tears pour down your cheeks, 


Don’t you see?


Destiny makes you like the ship


Float always and never ever return.