Ioana Cristina Casapu, Poetry, Romania

SELF-CARE KIT WITH LOTION FROM LA MER AND A PLANE TICKET TO PORTUGAL by Ioana Cristina Casapu

For someone who has never seen the ocean,

You have these faraway blue, salt-of-the-earth eyes

Waves have crashed in each of your irises, you can see the Aurora here and there, but it’s more like an explosion happened;

My eyes are the color of sadness,

I tell him

They are the color of hope

Before life had disappointed me

How does life do that? he asks,

Life simply opens one door one day

and lets you think it is to throw you out in the cold

My eyes are scarred with all the times life froze off one destination or another

Where are you headed now?

I point out at the wide strip of murky land filled with tiny houses, I point out at the wind undulating the treetops. I heard oceans don’t freeze, they don’t freeze at all.


Ioana Cristina Casapu was born in 1987 in Romania and moved to Germany to continue her work as a writer and artistic rehabilitation teacher. Ioana’s literary work, which includes fictional memoirs, short prose and poetry, carries a lot of independent ideas on dating, modern life and solitude. Her second book, Heart Beats – A Memoir Of The Millennial Generation on Social Media was published in 2019.