Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the eighty-eighth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by non-fiction author and poet Stam Fasoulakis.
Sitting On A Fence
I am sitting on a fence
dividing a world that is immense,
from one side the poor and needy
from the other the rich and greedy.
Nation on nation killing each other
and people ignoring as not to bother
People not having enough to eat,
people not able to make ends meet.
Why we cannot bring down this fence
and unite these people together hence,
so they will not need to suffer more
and there will be something worth living for?
I asked Stam what prompted this piece and he said…
The poem was inspired from the injustice that surround all of us. Nations fighting each other, civil wars, people starving for food while others throw it away; always an imaginary fence dividing us. People watch such problems every day on their television or hear about them on the radio, and they do not realize that one day they could find themselves in a similar situation.
That is sad but very true. Thank you, Stam.
In 1961 his parents decided that they had to repatriate to Greece as the Nasser regime and its strict measures for foreigners forced most of them to a massive exodus.
He completed his High-school studies in Athens and after graduation he studied Physics and Mathematics at the University of Athens.
In January 1970 he immigrated to South Africa where he worked and studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technikon Witwatersrand Johannesburg (Today University of Johannesburg) following a sandwich course.
At the end of 1977 he returned to Greece and he was hired by General Motors Overseas Distribution Corporation (G.M.O.D.C.) based in Athens and travelling in the Middle East Area from Greece up to and including Pakistan. He worked 14 years for GM travelling in all those countries from Turkey up to and including Pakistan.
In 1991 GM decided to close down their Middle East office (due to the danger of airline hijackings and the drop in the Middle East business). Luckily he found work at an Opel dealer in Greece as an Aftersales Manager where he organized the department from scratch. After 14 years of hard work he retired at the end of December 2007. Since then he works as a translator English to Greek and vice versa, specializing in Technical and Scientific texts / docs.
He speaks and writes four languages (English, Greek, French and Arabic).
His hobbies spread from reading various books (he has a library of 400) and writing poetry in Rhyme (his Blog is http://emmetrhpoihsh.blogspot.com) but unfortunately most of them are in Greek (real Greek for you). He also wrote a book (paper, self published) with the title “Productivity and efficiency of a service workshop” but it is technical and too specialized so it didn’t have a broad reception, but the books sold covered the publication expenses. He also belongs to the black belt karate club (J.K.A.).
He writes poetry in rhyme since his early teens which they were published in the High School magazine (mostly humorous). He is currently writing a memoire book with the title “adieu (goodbye) Alexandria” where he describes the feelings of a teenager that had to leave his place of birth. If only he writes all his experiences and memoires of his life they are enough to keep him busy until the end of his life.
Stam is married and has two kids, a daughter, an Architect living in Southern France and a son, a Financial Analyst living in the UK.
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