Set Them Free

A lover can say lies

even if he does not speak.

A friend can be absent

even when they are there.

A mother can leave her child,

even when it’s unnatural.

All love needs to be set free; to come back in royal

tales of rejection—

scratched love on the surface

leaves rusted spots

hard to remove

with trust.

Fathers can never come back from affairs; have

more children and leave you grasping on hooks

nails in your blood

cuts on your raging heart

don’t give in to cosmic sin;

the grey paths

turn black from rot.

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By Christina Strigas

Christina Strigas is a Canadian poet, raised by Greek immigrants, and has written three poetry books. Her latest, Love & Vodka, has been featured by CBC Books in, “Your Ultimate Canadian Poetry List: 68 Poetry Collections Recommended by you.”
LOVE & METAXA, her fourth poetry book is coming out May 25, 2021.
In her spare time, Christina enjoys foreign cinema, reading the classics, and cooking traditional Greek recipes that have been handed down from her grandmother.

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