Treasure Island


(9 -21 / Thrissur (Kerala) / Vijayawada (A.P) , India)


Greece has fallen into yet another economic gloom
Surpassing the past of dismal encounters
Her sons and daughters have had ever.

We see people thronging at the food banks
From noon to midnight braving the chill
For a square meal made from cabbage and potato even!

Penniless, frustrated and panicked
Are our 26% Greek brethren with fresh degrees
As they can`t find jobs anywhere.

O, rich men, you ought to help those in need
As you are also there like everywhere else.
The new Greece can`t manage the ebbs otherwise.

Athens! that great land leaves us shattered and
Greece in her totality is in the grip of lack of
Enough food, proper homes and a purple future!

We have to salute you brethren still
For you don`t resort to petty crimes despite the woes.
The great halo of those legendary gods still surround you all!

Apollos and Venuses linger over the Greek skies
And may they guard you for now, we like to pray.
O, Great ones of Greece, we salute you.

Submitted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Edited: Saturday, January 19, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Greece is reportedly experiencing now the greatest economic crisis. But what is endearing to us is the great calm prevailing over the urban and rural areas despite the woes manifold.

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  • Gulsher John (2/1/2013 8:44:00 PM)

    No doubt Greec has a great imporatnce for all Art lovers
    her splinded and glorious past and hellenic culture still breathes in our hearts
    the economic and debt crises, inflation has engulelfed almost all 3rd the world countries...... but with all due respect Greece even not touche the level of such economic and social upheavel which adorns the the countries of sub continent, africa and latin america etc

    Greece is far better and safe from such mess and misries...
    . lets focus on the versification and setting of the poem,
    in the first few stanza i missed the artistic beauty and romance of Nair's penning, seems reading The economistrather than a poetry,
    though in last two stanza he recovered and yielded some fine tunes, (Report) Reply

  • Vivek Tiwari (1/26/2013 9:01:00 PM)

    You talk like Keats.
    This poem of yours reminds me of his Helenism-his love for Greek.
    To say in one word your poem is superb and intelligent one. (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/24/2013 7:52:00 AM)

    They are having the debt crisis, but the rich countries government are still rich enough to feed their citizens. Look at our country, we let our citizens to stay starved most of the time and they do not have any knowledge of inflation and why are the prices getting increased day by day. One of the country in EU, Greece will be all right as they all speak and face the truth courageously! anyway as a concerned poem, this poem is very interesting! (Report) Reply

  • Unwritten Soul (1/22/2013 6:25:00 AM)

    I wish Greece and any country will survive in economic and social really bad for us if we cant help other souls to live better, i cant do helping but i wish pray and hope that everyone will be okay and hope the government can pace a good direction to overcome the prob...we cant rely on people to get job these day we need start our own and open a chance for other..for all people... forsake.._Soul (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (1/19/2013 9:54:00 PM)

    Greece, once the cradle of civization fell from the heights of prosperity to the nadir of decline and the historians attribute it to the moral deterioration of the people at a time of great economic superfluousness. Now the present generation has learned lessons from the past. That's why perhaps they remain calm even in trying circumstances. But now those people need help from the international community, no doubt! A great write to alert human conscience to be generous to the needy! (Report) Reply

  • Heather Wilson (1/19/2013 3:26:00 PM)

    A very caring write, the rich will always survive in an economic crisis while some poor can be left to scrimp and scrape for a living, (Report) Reply

  • Valerie Dohren (1/19/2013 5:37:00 AM)

    Superb write MD, Greece is indeed in economic crisis, but the fat cats are always there, always taking, rarely giving. It's the same the world over! ! (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (1/19/2013 4:04:00 AM)

    Greek character is built on determined resistance from ancient times. They thrive on hadship
    and are endowed with an internal drive to survive. And quite frankly they will. (Report) Reply

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