Archbishop Stylianos

The Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Australia, Stylianos, reposed recently. Eternal Memory! Among his other qualities he was a poet, and I reproduce a fine piece from his book Australian Passport, translated from the Greek by Vrasidas Karalis.

Western Australia

On your supine lying body

triumphantly are verified

all shapes and visions of the Aborigines

as they painted them several days ago

on the walls of the Redfern train station:

crocodiles immobilised in blooming salt-mines

scattered bones of dinosaur skeletons

enormous footprints of giants and monsters

and above all sky-piercing lines of Europeans

for trains and cars!

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