My Ash-Sham by Sofia Kioroglou

Damascus, the city of Jasmine, my ash-Sham
now in throbbing pain, with intra-ocular pressure,
higher than normal, the omen is permanent vision loss
of a brighter future, our people are blind
Damascus, my Madīnat al-Yāsmīn
traumatized, yet squinting at a sliver of light
peeking through the door, a wished-for chimera
if wishes were horses, the future would be ours to create
Damascus, my homeland, the Barada river
a throbbing jugular, still alive
a knive in the heart, hot burning pain
peace floating driftwood on gory water

State secularism a notion of yore by Sofia Kioroglou

With my husband engaged in fighting,
I must perforce cover my face
a sort of repression seeping into my life
contaminating my existence, a vicious putrefaction

State secularism a notion of yore
our Syria under the rule of extremists
without a male relative I must endure
a future so bleak under house arrest ad infinitum

In today’s world of putative justice,
females always remain shortchanged
where rape and sexual abuse will always thrive
the crowning with thorns I strongly endure and suffer

Damascus in Syria before the war by Sofia Kioroglou

I love spring
Whenever I look out the window
I see a riot of color.

Flowers of all forms and sizes
Blossoming in my garden
after being shrinking violets.
But Nigella damascena
is my favorite reminding me
of Damascus in Syria before the war
Reminding me that the Chaghoura,
the beautiful gazelle will protect me
from snipers, rapists and bombs

Sofia Kioroglou is a twice award-winning poet, author of two poetry books, flash fiction writer of ” Cubicle Coma” to be published by Books’ Journal & Planodion and prolific blogger from Greece. Her poems are included in many anthologies, including the Poetry Against Terror Anthology, the Poetry Against Inequality, By Land and By Seas among others, and a number of literary journals that include Verse-Virtual, The Blue Nib, The Galway Review, Lunaris Review, Writink Page, Silver Birch Press, Halkyon Days, Ashvamegh,, and Winamop to name but a few. She is a member of the Poets Unite Worldwide.To learn more about her, visit her blog at