Alexis Lykiard

Alexis Lykiard

Alexis Lykiard was born in Athens. His books include 9 novels, translations from French, 2 memoirs of Jean Rhys, and numerous poetry collections – most recently Schooled For Life (Shoestring 2016). His website is www.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 09:03

Ballad of Credulity: a Brechtian poem

Published in Poetry

Ballad of Credulity

Women and priests in full-length skirts
are deemed less likely to be flirts.
Thus clad, the specious theory goes,
they stay immune to fleshly shows.

Religion is an outworn con,
burqa and hijab must be gone!
Mosque and synagogue, shrine or church,
their leaders leave us in the lurch.

True cynosures deserve respect,
yet tyrants - dirty trick - connect
man’s control with God’s Own Law,
and make the State a holy whore.

Bigot, devout fool or peasant,
sing your cross or chant your crescent;
choose to wail at a saintly wall –
irrational superstitions, all.

Humans who quaintly bow and scrape,
so far superior to the ape,
are creatures wrongly reared from birth
and taught to pray, rape Mother Earth.

This is an amended version of a poem published in Unholy Empires, 2008.

Greek Easter - Mayday 2016
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 16:41

Greek Easter - Mayday 2016

Published in Poetry

Greek Easter - Mayday 2016

Christ is risen! so
they crack painted hardboiled eggs
parade with candles

can for now forget
unemployment’s risen too
with prices skyhigh.

Though no prayer pays off
debt, priest and politician
give false promises

as they always have.
Poor folk still invoke heaven –
it’s their threadbare dream

to counter each threat:
none need sermons from Germans
while hell lies in wait.