Smorgasbord Poetry – Self- Portrait by Carmen Stefanescu

I am delighted to share Self-Portrait by Carmen Stefanescu as part of the new poetry series. If you would like to share your poem here then please contact me on and we can talk about what I need to showcase you and your other work.


I am the seagull
whose wings have been broken.
I am the frail leaf
snatched by the gust.
I am the hour
that’s already wasted,
I am a dream
that belongs to the past.

I am the foreseer
that people mock at,
Or the guitar
that has no more strings,
I’m the dried well
that won’t quench the thirst,
I am the jester
scorned by the kings.

I’m not the bright rainbow
that shines after storms,
Or the swift eagle
high up in the sky.
I am not the oak tree
defying the time.
I am just a drifter
reluctant to die !

©Carmen Stefanescu 2017

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

Books by Carmen Stefanescu

Read the reviews so far and buy the book:

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37 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Poetry – Self- Portrait by Carmen Stefanescu

  1. Such a moving poem, Carmen. The drifter is a powerful being. She moves through life unbound, facing the unknown with excited anticipation while squaring off with fear. She is a wounded warrior who walks last, picking up the trail for those ahead who depend on her strength and tenacity. Thank you for sharing your lovely poem with us. And thank you, Sally, for sharing Carmen 💕

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  3. Lovely poem. I enjoyed its metaphors and its connection to human life. It is very precious to understand life and be able to express it in a way where it is relatable to all of us. Thank you. Love.

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