Roses on Mars, a poem by Aurora Kastanias at

Roses on Mars

Roses on Mars

written by: Aurora Kastanias


Dusty sky red sands under my feet
My substance feels evanescent
My steps so gentle and light,

I struggle to breathe yet sense my body
Adapting to a new abode, still I flail
Amidst hills and craters I pray

I have never been so far from the sun
Though in return I have been given
The company of two moons,

One so close I fear it could fall on me
Comes visit me twice a day,
The other keeps its distance as if terrified

By my presence my life I wonder
Is there anybody else out there?
How did I ever get here?

And when atop the Olympus Mons
Missing Earth close to surrender
The God of War tendered me a rose

Scented with peace and hope
Its colour was green turned into a dream.

Aurora Kastanias

Aurora Kastanias

Born from a Greek, British, Ghanaian father and a Persian mother, I grew up in Rome, where my parents fled to during the Iranian Revolution. The passion for the art of writing led me to earn a Baccalaureate in Literature, being ever since influenced by French 17th and 18th century authors.
While studying for my BA in Business Administration, at an American University in Rome, I further got enchanted by 19th century existential authors as well as European ‘absurdism’ and the Theatre of the Absurd.
It was only after my MBA that I started writing more seriously, giving space to my true passions. In recent years I have written two existential novels in Italian. In recent months I have started studing astrophysics and writing poems in english, which finally brings me here.
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