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Amulet

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Years pass prise open tomb of migration
Amulet brown roughshod stitched leather
Nestles in palm of aspiration
Flaminia buffeted across seas Piraeus to Fremantle stormy weather

Amulet brown roughshod stitched leather
Loving maternal hands prepared it in sorrow
Flaminia buffeted across seas Piraeus to Fremantle stormy weather
Her son leaves for the antipodes tomorrow

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Chestnuts

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chestnuts brood in embers of cynicism
hiss their anger

weeds engulf railway lines
supplanted by unfinished road works
lone cinema hotel closed
denuded shops plastered with yellow For Rents signs
hospital staff unpaid closure rumoured

decaying rural properties entice foreign takeover
austerity measures elderly recall famine
hooded masses protest politicians grovel to EU
youthful gloom lines coffee bars overlooking
the bay of Nafpaktos

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Lives Momentarily Entwined

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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

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Trespass Not!

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Five mothers in black wail
Courtroom overflows with outrage
Five mothers in black cradle photos
Villagers congregate in corridors, conspire
Five mothers in black weep
Media crews perch on window sills

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The Pine Tree

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Laden with snow dumps, undisciplined branches,
entangled with sparking electricity wires, overhang the balcony,
camouflage the distant seascape,
plead to be pruned.
Earthquake cracked exterior, overwhelmed by its alpine girth,
thirsts for a coat of paint.

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Revolving Door

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Open Shut
In Out

Revolving door welcomes optimism.
Mini-skirted struts,
loud-mouthed business suits
mingle with pessimism.

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Sandwich

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Jet lagged, ordered toasted cheese sandwich
After impatient wait servile English asked
Toast Bread?
No. A toasted cheese sandwich please!
Eyes drooping, finally served withered lettuce, ham and cheese
wedged between two slices toasted bread

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Salon

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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