Το κορίτσι από την Πεσσάδα (The girl from Pessada)

Πεσσάδα

Πεσσάδα

Pessada is a small village in Kefalonia island, Greece.

This is a story of love. The love of an old man for a young girl. The man lived in the same village as the girl, but since it was a close society, he could not admit his passion for the girl as the villagers would frown upon him.

He first saw her while he was passing outside her house. She was knitting and the morning light was falling on her blonde hair, making them look like gold. He immediately fell in love with her. But what could he do?

Days passed and the old man was growing crazy for the girl, still unable to do anything about it. He thought he’d just tell her, but then again he was afraid of her reaction. One day they met on the street, as she was coming out of the small grocery store. She looked at him with her lovely eyes and said “good morning” with her crystal-clear voice. The old man admired her flexible body that reminded him of a cypress bending at the caress of the wind. He entered the grocery store and asked the owner what the girl had bought. The answer he got was the thing that opened the doors to his sentiments.

She had bought a small spool of yarn for knitting. So he had the most brilliant idea. He bought one too and rushed back home. He unspooled the yarn, took a quill and wrote the lyrics of the song you are about to listen to the spool’s center. Then, he spooled the yarn again, returned to the grocery store and asked the owner to make sure that next time the girl came to buy a spool, the grocery man would give her that specific one.

That’s exactly what happened. The girl went to the grocery store, the grocery man gave her the spool and when she finished all the yarn, she saw the loving words of her anonymous admirer. The old man died happy.

The poem he wrote was about how happy he was of the certainty that he would die long before she would get old, so that he would never see the results of what time would do to the girl’s beauty as she age…

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