Let Them Burn!


What we expect from poets is that they should avenge evil [1]

Prof. Loula S. Rodopoulos

Let them burn! Let them burn!
Let them pay! Let them pay!

Grey suited   stooped man  carries red rose

Stadiou Street Wednesday 5 th May
ordered to work, union syndicates claim
Marfin Egnatia Bank a burnt out shell
molotov cocktails thrown

Let them burn! Let them burn!
Let them pay! Let them pay!

swings stem   wrapped in silver paper

Strike breakers, three in all, asphyxiated
infant in utero sacrificed
anarchists, some observed, blocked the fire brigade
applauded by a chorus of sympathisers

Let them burn! Let them burn!
Let them pay! Let them pay!

behind his back   awkward demeanour

Stadiou Street Thursday 6  May  th
mourning sunrays fan over bouquets
flickering candles and soft toys
create a mausoleum of grief

Let them burn! Let them burn!
Let them pay! Let them pay!

Prof. Loula S. Rodopoulos
Transnational Literature
Vol. 3 no. 1,
November 2010


[1] A note on Poetic Justice in Orhan Pamuk, Other Colours –  Essays and a Story , translated from the Turkish by Maureen Freely (London: Faber and Faber, 2007) 50 -51.

Rodopoulos Loula S.

About Rodopoulos Loula S.

Formerly an adjunct professor with the School of Global Science, Social and Planning at RMIT University, Loula S. Rodopoulos was born in Australia, a descendant of Greek immigrants from Ithaca. Her grandfather, Spearos Raftopulos, migrated in 1895 and was one of the founders of the Greek Community in Melbourne.

Loula holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Social Work degrees and has served various Commonwealth and State committees, boards and tribunals in the field of multiculturalism and administrative review. An extension of her professional writing, she commenced writing poetry and short stories in the Peloponnesian mountain village of Myrovrisi, Greece, her husband’s birthplace.

Her poems have been published/accepted in various formats and include the Australian Women’s Book Review, Poetrix, Positive Words, Famous Reporter, Poetica Christi Press, Poetry Matters, and the e-journal Transnational Literature. In 2004 she was the first prizewinner in the Antipodes poetry competition. In 2009 her short story, Perparim, was Equal Third place winner in The Community Press Magazine, Phoenix Park Neighbourhood House competition.

In 2010 she was short listed in the All Poetry Competition; commended in Eastwood Hills FAW Literary Competition and feature poet in POAM. In recent years she spends some months in Greece (also travelling to other parts of Europe) living in an apartment that overlooks the Corinthian Gulf – a source of inspiration :- She walks down the slope. A rugged vista of vineyards, wild grasses, yellow sparti, pine and conifer trees engulf her – lift her to the horizon where she floats over mountain peaks and gulf until she finds herself perched on the cemetery rock where she penned her first poem.
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One Response to Let Them Burn!

  1. Adanis Aris Aris Adanis says:

    Now that this terrible and shameful event has come full round after one year, it is good to read such a realistic poem, written as a comment about it.
    I agree whole – heartedly that poets should try to conquer evil, as Prof. Loula S. Rodopoulos stated. Many thanks for reminding it to all of us.
    And, of course, for sharing kindly her good writing with us.
    With honour, Aris Adanis.-

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