Shattered Dinner Plate

‘Happy is the man who views the most seas and the most continents.’[1]
i.m. S. K.
April 2, 1995

Georgia, bring wine, mezethes.
Tonight we gather with hovering swallows,
flitting wrens,
grieving grasses,
valedictory vines,
voice less valley,
courageous conifers,
for the blackened vigil.
TV silent, exchanges subdued.
Steel blue eyes shut, lemon anointed wrinkled face,
shriveled body, waits for signal of egress,
the shattered dinner plate.
Giant wreathes swathe the courtyard,
wait for the final journey,
the church ritual,
the burial.
Only one continent, one sea, did he view,
yet smiling face endured.
Georgia, bring wine, mezethes.
“Life to us!” Our final salutation.

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By 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.

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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.