Images From Hell


What a horrible thing are dreams eventually?
Dreams, nightmares…
Who can say what is true a dream and what a nightmare?

William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) - Dante And Virgil In Hell (1850)
William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905) – Dante And Virgil In Hell (1850)

There are many kinds of dreamers
Dream tellers however?
Is there such an art?

Once they told me that dreams have colors!
While nightmares?
They have no color?
And then what is the black and the red?
Colors you taught me that they are also!
Yet, of other kind!

Red of blood and black for the dark!
Yet dreams have darkness and blood!
These are not dreams?
Living or dreaming?
If simply I am dreaming – When do then I live?
And if I am eventually living than why am I seeing nightmares?
These nightmares ruined my dreams!
Or maybe my dreams ravaged the nightmares?

Life in Hell is not so simple after all!
It’s just my own paradise!
A paradise different, weird, full of color!
Black, white, blue, red…
What does it matter?
Everywhere color!
The images of hell filled with colors!!!!
The images!
Not Hell itself!!!!!

Georgios Rachiotis
Original version of the poem “Images From Hell”
written by Georgios Rachiotis for a group of poems named “Thoughts”
Εικόνες απ’ την Κόλαση

Τι φριχτό πράγμα τα όνειρα τελικά?
Όνειρα, εφιάλτες…
Ποιος μπορεί να πει αλήθεια τι είναι όνειρο και τι εφιάλτης?
Υπάρχουν πολλών ειδών ονειροπόλοι
Ονειρολόγοι όμως?
Άραγε υπάρχει τέτοιου είδους επιστήμη?

Κάποτε μου έλεγαν πως τα όνειρα έχουν χρώματα!
Ενώ οι εφιάλτες?
Αυτοί δεν έχουν χρώμα?
Και τότε τι είναι το μαύρο και το κόκκινο?
Χρώματα μου διδάξατε πως είναι και αυτά!
Όμως άλλου είδους!

Κόκκινο για το αίμα και μαύρο για το σκοτάδι!
Όμως και τα όνειρα έχουν και σκοτάδι και αίμα!
Αυτά δεν είναι όνειρα?
Ζω η ονειρεύομαι?
Αν ονειρεύομαι απλά τότε πότε ζω?
Και αν ζω τελικά γιατί βλέπω εφιάλτες?
Αυτοί οι εφιάλτες μου ρημάξανε τα όνειρα!
Ή μήπως τα όνειρα μου ρημάξανε τους εφιάλτες?

Η ζωή στην κόλαση δεν είναι τόσο απλή τελικά!
Είναι απλά ο δικός μου παράδεισος!
Ένας παράδεισος διαφορετικός, αλλόκοτος, γεμάτος χρώμα!
Μαύρο, άσπρο, γαλάζιο, κόκκινο…
Τι σημασία έχει?
Παντού χρώμα!
Οι εικόνες απ’ την κόλαση γεμίσανε με χρώματα!!!!
Οι εικόνες!
Όχι η ίδια η κόλαση!!!!!

Georgios Rachiotis is a freelance writer for the past decade as well as a radio producer-presenter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the founder of Literatology and also the Chief Editor and MAnager of it. He likes music, poetry, literature, arts, mythology and all kinds of stories and tales as well as folklore. He also attends courses of History, Literature & Poetry in Universities all over the world.
Georgios Rachiotis is a freelance writer for the past decade as well as a radio producer-presenter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the founder of Literatology and also the Chief Editor and MAnager of it. He likes music, poetry, literature, arts, mythology and all kinds of stories and tales as well as folklore. He also attends courses of History, Literature & Poetry in Universities all over the world.

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