Let Them Burn!
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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

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[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.

One Comment so far:

  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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