Carpe Diem

Pluck the day  So, Jupiter has granted us another summer, perhaps the last before some terror strikes and airfares rise and giant jellyfish will send us screaming right in front of cameras. We’re not afraid, we’ll stand together, we’ll pluck the day. It’s ripe. Why trust in sunshine, waves and sandy beaches? Tomorrows are oblivious of today’s outrage – as long as nothing’s left behind. … Continue reading Carpe Diem

A Rocky Riverbed – Untold Summer Stories (2)

A Rocky Riverbed The girl’s mother was a native of the Northern realms where the ocean wasn’t far and seagulls now and then shrieked in the sky. She had followed a butcher from a small town in the mountainous South, married quickly and submitted herself to his no-nonsense apprentice training in the messy business about meat, ham and sausages. She was proud to be his … Continue reading A Rocky Riverbed – Untold Summer Stories (2)

Red-Roped Eternity – Untold Summer Stories (1)

Red-roped Eternity He had parked his black, high-tuned motorbike neatly in the parking lot at the foot of the mountain which had looked to him like Swiss Matterhorn from afar. Even though its size had diminished the nearer he had got, he was determined to interrupt his ride to the flatlands and climb the grey, rocky peak. He kind of rushed up the first 700 … Continue reading Red-Roped Eternity – Untold Summer Stories (1)

Geography of Escape (3)

Somewhere – Kurdistan! 30 million people make the Kurds the fourth-largest ethnic group in the Middle East. But neither have they ever had a landlocked state nor have they ever been unified in their aim of nationbuilding. If you grow up being Kurdish you’ll belong to some other nation anyway. A presumptive state Kurdistan would turn out to be a nation of abandoned locals from a … Continue reading Geography of Escape (3)

Geography of Escape (2)

Ah, Asmara…. “… Eritrea is one of the most secretive countries in Africa. For those who have a hankering for off-the-beaten-track places, it offers challenges and excitement aplenty, with a unique blend of natural and cultural highlights…” (www.lonelyplanet.com/Eritrea 2016) It is not law that rules Eritreans – it is fear… “When I am in Eritrea, I feel that I cannot even think because I am afraid … Continue reading Geography of Escape (2)

Geography of Escape (1)

Hi, have you been to Syria? I know, my home country is  #1 on the list of dangerous places on the planet, so you can’t go now and you shouldn’t. When cutting out this colourful refugee map from my shattered memories, I  tried to imagine Syria before it descended into infernal civil war. I heard my uncle speaking to me from the distance of several countries and he said: … Continue reading Geography of Escape (1)