Matheo Yamalakis

Loneliness after the return

Stockholm, 1990
Oil on plywood, 120x70 cm

That waiting
That contemplation
That gaze
Those fragrances
Those sounds

The weight of not doing
just being, waiting

For generations the women in my family
have aged, changed
Their hairs have gone grey
their bodies have declined
into wrinkles, menopause
and here I sit
silently

For generations the olive branches
have adorned our foreheads
when we have been seeking symbols
to match our absurd rituals
and here I sit
silently

The game continues
The sun is still sinking over the Cyclades
Where else
could we possibly be?

Ove Wahlqvist 2011

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© Matheo Yamalakis, 2005.