The Prassonissi’s Miracle

By: Gianfranco Aurilio

my left cheek
grazes the Eastern sea
and the right one
the Western sea,
on that strip
of sand and dreams,
I wait for the tide
to flood me
and I wait
that just one sea,
for just one night at least,
makes me a man
of just one land.


Prassonissi is the far southern part of Rodi Island.
It is a promontory joined to the island by a strip of sand,
which separates the Aegean Sea from the rest of the Mediterranean Sea.
With the high tide the two seas join together
causing the phenomenon known as “The kiss of the two seas”.

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