Πέμπτη, 12 Ιουλίου 2018

'On the Way to Paris' by Farah Chamma

'On the Way to Paris

Many people have tan lines
in the South―
The train barely stops
and the seat rubs against―skin―
You want to hear
that certain moan again,
but you are sad
and restless
and things keep passing
before your eyes
like trees in windows.
The sun shines bright
in the South,
especially in July,
but you are sad
and restless
and your train
is heading North.'

( Source: https://www.facebook.com/farah.chamma/posts/1203080649744502 )

Σάββατο, 23 Ιουνίου 2018

Το γράμμα που δε στάλθηκε ποτέ

Αυτή είναι η ζωή.
Μέσα στις ατέλειές της, στα πρωινά που ξεκίνησαν άσχημα και τα βράδια που τελείωναν με χαμόγελο στο κρεβάτι.
Ή και το ανάποδο.
Δεν μετανιώνω για κάτι, ούτε ξεχνώ πως η ζωή είναι μερικές φορές -εκτός από δασκάλα- αλλόκοτη.
Δεν ήταν λίγες οι φορές που σκεφτόμουν πως όταν συνέβαιναν, δεν ήξερα πως θα ήταν η τελευταία μας φορά ή η τελευταία φορά που θα φιλιόμασταν ή που θα ήταν η τελευταία φορά που θα ήμασταν η μία στην αγκαλιά της άλλης.
Όταν παρατηρήσει κανείς τα σκηνικά στη ζωή του, δεν είναι τυχαία κάποια γεγονότα. Δε κρατάω κακία γιατι η ζωή ξέρει τι κάνει. Ίσως αισθάνθηκα παράπονο περισσότερο απ'ότι θα ομολογούσα. Συμβάλλουμε κι εμείς σαν άνθρωποι για τη πορεία των πραγμάτων φυσικά αλλά ως ένα σημείο.
Η ζωή είναι τόσο όμορφη και πολύπλοκη που, ορισμένες φορές, νιώθω πως δεν μπορώ να μιλήσω. Δεν ήταν λίγες οι φορές που φοβόμουν πως δεν θα μάθεις ποτέ πως αισθανόμουν γι'αυτά που έγιναν και το ότι δεν ήθελα να εξελιχθούν άσχημες εντυπώσεις. Πόσες φορές σε σκεφτόμουν κι ήθελα να τρέξω μακριά για να μου φύγει ο καημός γιατί αναρωτιόμουν πως τελείωσε αυτό που είχαμε και που θεωρούσαμε σίγουρο ότι θα κρατήσει.
Όσο περνούσε ο καιρός, συνειδητοποιούσα πως όλο και περισσοτερο γινόμουν καλύτερα, έκανα πράγματα για να μην σκέφτομαι τα άσχημα, αφοσιώθηκα στη σχολή κι αξιοποιούσα την ενέργειά μου για έναν στόχο. Όσο περνούσαν οι μέρες, περνούσαν στιγμές, άλλαξα. Συνειδητοποίησα πως δεν σε ξέρω πλέον όπως δεν με ξέρεις πλέον ούτε εσύ. Η καθημερινότητά μας άλλαξε και μαζί της κι εμείς. Μας έχει απομείνει η ανάμνηση των ανθρώπων που ήμασταν κι αυτό νομίζω ήταν κάτι που ήταν δύσκολο να σταματήσω να σκέφτομαι αλλά σιγά σιγά τα κατάφερα.
Δεν ξέρω αν θα ξαναβρεθούμε ή αν θα μιλήσουμε ξανά όμως έμαθα πολλά, έζησα τόσες όμορφες στιγμές και σ'ευχαριστώ.
Απλά ευχαριστώ.
Μαριλένα

Δευτέρα, 11 Ιουνίου 2018

The world is full of opportunities to learn, grow and reflect socially, spiritually, academically and so on. To think there is only one way to achieve this not only limits your potential and extent of self improvement but also reduces your chances of connecting with others who are different from you either due to their interests, their profession, their everyday habits, their curiosity or that which fuels their passion.
When you accept that you, as a human being, are as multi-faceted as the next person then you will begin to wonder rather than assume and understand rather than judge.

Κυριακή, 3 Ιουνίου 2018

Hypatia

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hypatia-ancient-alexandrias-great-female-scholar-10942888/
'(...) “Almost alone, virtually the last academic, she stood for intellectual values, for rigorous mathematics, ascetic Neoplatonism, the crucial role of the mind, and the voice of temperance and moderation in civic life,” Deakin wrote.'

I saw the film 'Agora' today which was released in 2009. I learned more about Hypatia and I read up about her life. This movie had me bawling my eyes out, I cried so much. I did realise that there were some historical inaccuracies.. but due to the lack of evidence, the cause and person who was responsible for murdering her is not well known. She was, however, murdered for being a pagan apparently.

I felt I could relate with her and found her achievements simply fascinating. I find myself feeling so curious about history, culture and women back in those times!

Παρασκευή, 1 Ιουνίου 2018

'Gata Band ft. Joss Stone - Armenia'

Never thought I'd hear a talented musician like Joss Stone sing in Armenian!  'The Total World Tour kicked off in April 2014 (...) her aim is to play a concert in every country on the planet. In each country Joss aims to collaborate with local homegrown musicians, playing indigenous music as well as her own songs. Joss will also work with a variety of good causes and learn about important humanitarian and environmental issues throughout the trip.'


Πέμπτη, 17 Μαΐου 2018


It is quite ironic how we find good music during exams? Or perhaps we try to find refuge in the innate pleasures that satisfy us when we need them most; it is as if we pay better attention when our own attention to detail is being assessed – that is quite funny.

I came across such lovely music yesterday. I feel so exhausted but excited to finally graduate and move out to my own place and just start working, traveling more.

I dreamt about some people these days and I remember my older sister mentioned that one of her exes used to keep a dream diary. I have thought maybe it could be an interesting endeavour to take up. The subconscious is such a weird place but it can be inspirational and/or intimate and sometimes problematic though; that is not necessarily a negative thing.

I saw this girl approach me. It was spring, you could smell that sweet fragrance flowers give off. We were intertwined with groups of friends, each doing their own thing and talking. Every so often she would approach me and whisper sexual things in my ear while clasping my hand into hers, embracing me softly with her chest and she would then move away with poise and finesse comically.


It was almost theatrical and, might I add, mathematical. It was like a quadratic curve filled with neurotransmitters. Isn’t all life science and art, really? When you really sit down and see how intertwined they are. They are just variants of the same thing.

Τρίτη, 8 Μαΐου 2018

'Youth' by Glass Animals

Boy, when I left you, you were young
I was gone, but not my love
You were clearly meant for more
Than a life lost in the war
I want you to be happy
Free to run, get dizzy on caffeine
Funny friends that make you laugh
And maybe you're just a little bit dappy
Fly
Feel your mother at your side
Don't you know you got my eyes
I'll make you fly
You'll be happy all the time
I know you can make it right
Boy, now your life is back-to-front
But you'll see that's not for long
'Cause I know you'll feel the ghost
Of some memories so warm
Boy, I want you to be happy
Free to run, get dizzy on caffeine
Funny friends that make you laugh
And maybe you're just a little bit dappy