The House Next To The Rose Tree

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Perhaps we shall always be captives of a prophecy
We shall never nonetheless
Walk into the rose garden,*

I
No longer anticipate in vain
The house next to the rose tree
The bliss that was abruptly abducted from me
I

No longer expect the slightest semblance of joy
And whatever Grandpa uttered …was
False presumption.

He can no longer

Foretell… the future
Like the oracle at Delphi …

He can no longer

Predict insinuate indicate
The new Emperor has outlawed

Him
His history and
His prophecies……

(c) Andrea Demetriou

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The Clocks That Have Not Been Taken Down

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Yesterday I watched an interview about Cyprus on TV,
This made me think about the Green Line
It made me remember that our houses have been deserted;
That someone threw our personal belongings
In the rubbish bin twenty-two years ago;
That other people live in our house now.
As I lay in bed with my eyes shut
I thought of our old clock which we rescued from the village;
It hangs on a wall of a coffee shop in Gastouni*
It has been hanging there since 1975
I’d like to go there and buy it
It is the only thing left which reminds me of our house.

I remember the sound of its ticks
And how it chimed every hour
It now ticks in that coffee shop
But nobody loves that clock, or thinks of it as I do;
Nobody longs for the sound of its ticks or for the sight of it;
I imagined its sound tick – tack tick – tack
First in our house- next to the pictures of the last supper,
the wealthy man with the poor man –
And then in the coffee shop in Gastouni.

These are the things I think about when everybody else goes
To their family home for Easter ,
To their childhood memories
To the clocks that have not been taken down
And still tick in the same houses.
All towns are alien to me
And I always feel that a part of me is missing
It’s somewhere else
It’s in a place I have no access to
It’s constantly missing
I’m constantly insufficient
Like an incomplete musical metre
which never ends……..

(c) Andrea Demetriou

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“The Mountains Couldn’t Walk Away”

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“The Mountains Couldn’t Walk Away” by Andrea Demetriou was recently launched at fortyfive downstairs by Tim Colebatch (Economics Editor, The Age), Christos Tsiolkas (Author, The Slap) Arnold Zable (Author, Jewels and Ashes)and Bill Papastergiadis president of the Greek community of Melbourne,  as part of the Antipodes Festival 2010. The  poetry collection reflects  nostalgia and its consequences for a world which was eclipsed by the Turkish invasion in Cyprus. It is illustrated  by colour photographs taken by the author and has been published by La Trobe University.  Over 170 people from diverse cultural backgrounds  attended the launch and warmly applauded  the speakers and the musical performance of the poet. Continue reading ““The Mountains Couldn’t Walk Away””