In the manner of T.S. Eliot.Published On: 12-01-2016 21:11
The parental home was still at the edge of the village, in the Pentadaktylos /Beşparmak foothills. However, the building among the trees was a pitiful wreck of that in the photo of Jennie Thomson and Yasmin Inatçi. “Just a house of sadness and fog…”, thought Yasmin. In the photo of July 1973, young Yasmin is holding the gift of the English cousin: a teddy bear. July 2015: Yasmin returned to Cyprus, accompanied by her grandson Harry.
“Roses are red, violets are blue/What I plant is wonderful and new”, Harry was mumbling in the garden. Suddenly his shovel revealed a gold cross necklace. “Stop!”, Yasmin yelled. “I will show you fear in a handful of dust!”: the verse of Eliot stuck her. Her memory came back at her, merciless. On July 21, 1974, during the battles, Yasmin and her Greek friend, Aphrodite, found refuge in the cellar of Inatçi. On July 22, a Turkish soldier invaded the shelter. He grabbed Aphrodite and after raping her, he killed the victim and left with her head. A few hours later, a Greek reservist discovered a horrific blend of girl and corpse. Seeking revenge for his compatriot, he grabbed the Turkish girl. Beaten, injured and raped, Yasmin was rescued by a Cretan commanding officer.
1974-2015: During this period Yasmin lived in London, in absolute amnesia of the Cypriot past. By the beginning of 2015 nightmares haunted her nights: black horses were trampling her and mauled teddy bears were hanging on the trees while armed men were yelling: “Peace is sentenced to death.”
Summer 2015: The necklace awakened the memory. Based on Yasmin’s attestation, the Committee on Missing Persons revealed the headless skeleton of Aphrodite. After the funeral, Yasmin dreamed of a white, winged horse. He was her Pegasus, the divine horse of Cyprus who urged: “HURRY UP, [CYPRUS], PLEASE, IT’S TIME.” “These fragments I have shored against my ruins”, Yasmin whispered verses of wisdom.