A special thanks to Silver BIrch Press for publishing my poem ” Sophia The Martyr” in their SAME NAME POETRY AND PROSE SERIES this January. Hugs and Kisses to all.
Sophia the Martyr
by Sofia Kioroglou
What a weighty name
I must live up to!
A martyr and a saint
a widow and a mother
back in Roman Times
just as dystopian as our era
when Faith, Hope and Love
are tortured and burned over an iron grating,
then thrown into a red-hot oven,
finally into a cauldron with boiling tar
before bending their necks beneath the sword.
A grievous torture indeed to watch
the suffering of your daughters.
How could anyone
so little and small
like me be worthy of that martyr’s crown?
IMAGE: Icon of St. Sophia (died AD 137) and daughters Faith, Hope, and Love.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The first time I learned about the meaning of my name was in primary school when we had a religion class. I got stunned and speechless and wanted to devour anything about the life and martyrdom of Saint…
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