A Statue

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Last night I took a picture of my mother
Standing next to the statue of Grigoris Afxentiou.
‘Stand there so I can take a picture of you, too’, she whispered
I never stand next to statues to be photographed
Yet for some reason, I obeyed without refusing,
Intuitively I leaned my head tenderly on the statue; hugged it.
The man who is considered one of the
Greatest heroes of the 20th century in the Greek world
Is considered a terrorist in England.

This is the difference
Between us and them…

Andrea Demetriou
Larnaca, September 2014

Andrea Demetriou

By Andrea Demetriou

Andrea Demetriou was born in Morphou, Cyprus. Her family emigrated to Australia, after the 1974 invasion of Cyprus by Turkey.

As a teenager in Melbourne she initiated Tsakpina Cafe’s cultural innovations. She was later employed as an information officer by the Australian Department of Labour.

Andrea studied literature, philosophy and music at Athens and La Trobe universities. In Athens, she has worked extensively in print media as well as radio (Third and Fourth Programmes).

She currently divides her time between Athens and the island of Hydra.


To the left is an interview given by the poet to Sally Heath of "The Age" newspaper in May 2010.

1 comment

  1. “Το ζήτημα είναι από που βλέπει κανείς τον ουρανό.
    Εγώ τον έχω δει από καταμεσής της θάλασσας.” λέει ο Ποιητής
    Οδυσσέας Ελύτης – «Μικρός Ναυτίλος»
    Και τους Ήρωες τους θωρείς με τα μάτια της καρδιάς…”απο καταμεσής” του στήθους! “This is the difference, between us and them…”
    Συγκινητικό το κείμενο σου καλή μου Δήμητρα!

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