Epistrophe: The Return

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Loula S. Rodopoulos

charred tomb parked outside police station
blackened mudguard shattered tinted windscreen
hang over cliff’s edge opposite soccer stadium wall
farewell seascape of his youth

parents died without seeing their émigré son again
he served rich diners in New York saw the twin towers fall
dreamed of retirement reunited with siblings
and friends in village of his birth

at last aged pension savings farewells return
a renewed life marred with bitterness
social misunderstandings petty jealousies
inheritance squabbles preceded the final insult

onslaught of malignancy contradictory medical opinions
bereft of therapeutic options cared for by strangers
Will witnessed by friend from childhood
Look what I’ve become! Is this how man ends! he’d said

dared not reveal his plan inquisitive townsfolk
stop and stare at skeleton of his car
death notices pinned on Church hoardings
rumours abound He must have had problems. They decide

accident foul play suicide?
his life a bag of ash
self-immolation rebuff to Orthodoxy
retribution for feigned kinship and sorrow

Loula S. Rodopoulos. ‘Epistrophe: The Return’.
Transnational Literature Vol. 4 no. 1, November 2011.
Aigion, Greece

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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