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  • 26.02.18


    Sophia the Martyr, by Sofia Kioroglou

    Sophia the Martyr, by Sofia Kioroglou

    Sophia the Martyr

    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 Sophia and her three little daughters Hope, Faith and Love, who encapsulate the three Christian virtues. This poem is a tribute to the ordeal and suffering of a mother whose character is a paragon of virtue at least for me.

    Sofia Kioroglou

    The following work is Copyright ©2017, and owned by ​Sofia Kioroglou. It is published on with the written permission from the author which we are grateful for.



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