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For Elly
Iakovidou Street
Athens

Morning cacophony escorts friends through diesel fumes,
on trolleys in overload, over sleazy footpaths ready to implode ,
under bitter orange trees
to her door where coffees brews
Tortes and pastries await
as reminiscences of families, schooldays, wars, famine
ebb and flow
amidst bric-a-brac
Sepia photographs, books
trigger literary exchanges, laughter and regrets
Tides of loneliness lap over history
of partners bereft

 

Loula S. Rodopoulos
Australia