Lives Momentarily Entwined


Loula S. Rodopoulos

lives momentarily entwined

construction of fountain – Harmony Square

Athens hub – celebratory memorial – end of Civil War 1951
brimming escalators link underground railway station

commuters in peak hour crush

roaring motorbikes – cars – buses
ceaseless merry – go – round

scurrying shoppers ignore buskers

beggar squats on footpath
traces her soul in nicotine ash

barking feral dogs protect their turf

itinerant spoons putrid mash into
rusted tins – to mollify

footloose youth beg  – inveigle pedestrians

stallholder spits on footpath
livelihood at stake

lives momentarily entwined

illegal youth hounded by mafia boss – police

black plastic bags of contraband trinkets lugged around
pulled back to hidden lairs – elude arrest

marauding police – change number plates

homeless lounge on rotting cardboard beds
amused by helter-skelter of the chase

youthful refugees – desperate to forge a future

flee hell from country to country
down alleyways and lanes

meeting lair for disenfranchised

blood drips off heroin addict’s arm
tourists scuttle past with alarm

at night Acropolis out of sight – nothing to celebrate

in this merry – go – round of disharmony
no refuge in the underground

lives momentarily entwined

Loula Rodopoulos
Omonia Square

Rodopoulos Loula S.

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.

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.