Loula S. Rodopoulos

Years pass prise open tomb of migration
Amulet brown roughshod stitched leather
Nestles in palm of aspiration
Flaminia buffeted across seas Piraeus to Fremantle stormy weather

Amulet brown roughshod stitched leather
Loving maternal hands prepared it in sorrow
Flaminia buffeted across seas Piraeus to Fremantle stormy weather
Her son leaves for the antipodes tomorrow

Loving maternal hands prepared it in sorrow
Filled it with mountain soil votive to ward off evil eye
Her son leaves for the antipodes tomorrow
Boyhood dreams dance with stars under village skies

Filled it with mountain soil to ward off evil eye
Dormant in suburban dresser drawer for years
Boyhood dreams dance with stars under village skies
Talisman placates his fears

Dormant in suburban dresser drawer for years
Nestles in palm of aspiration
Talisman placates his fears
Years pass prise open tomb of migration

Loula S. Rodopoulos
For G.R & M.R.
15/08/1959

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