Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Head of State

Look at them!
That’s what I call a Head of State.
Can we have one please?
Instead of a King or Queen.

Michael D Higgins –
representing the Republic of Ireland
and, in the Greek corner,
Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Silver-haired, photogenic, academics.
Elected by the people, or their Parliament,
for a fixed term. Then they go
and someone else is chosen.

When they meet, they have an intelligent,
civilised conversation
on behalf of their nations
and nothing but good can come of it.

© Richard Devereux

Irish president in Athens for talks on EU, prospects

Richard Devereux is a member of Lansdown Poets and Bristol Stanza. His collection Bill tells the story of his grandfather, a soldier of World War One who fought on the Balkan front in northern Greece. Richard taught English in Athens and his knowledge of Greece inspires and informs much of his writing. His poems have appeared in several anthologies and on-line magazines.