A Town in Hostage - Ammohostos means hidden in the sand. It is a town on the north-eastern coast of Cyprus which has been illegally occupied by the Turkish troops since August 14, 1974.
The unquenched mother of the waves
overflows with love for you
At night I hear the waves of yearning
and the bells of Saint Catherine
of your beauty
my orange-beloved one
Ammohostos, you flow in the
veins of the sea,
in the veins of my heart,
you live in the light and the fragrance
of the bitter-orange tree and the popinac.
Lemesos, February 1996
By Claire Angelides - former Minister of Culture and Education in the Republic of Cyprus - translated from Greek by Constantinos E. Evangelides
Photo by - Pavlos Pavlides