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good psychiatrists & bad policemen.

In Greece, Poetry on February 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

Good psychiatrists & Bad cops.

Katerina Gogou* wrote:

They have all these ways
and everyday routine you get used to
they’ve made us dogs
ashamed of holiday
proud of unemployment
That’s how it is.
They are waiting for us at the corner
good psychiatrists and bad policemen.

In Greek:
Έχουν όλους τους τρόπους αυτοί
και την καθημερινότητα που συνηθίζεις
σκυλιά μας έχουν κάνει
να ντρεπόμαστε για την αργία
περήφανοι για την ανεργία
Έτσι είναι.
Μας περιμένουν στη γωνία
καλοί ψυχίατροι και κακοί αστυνόμοι.

(*A poetess who chose to live in the margin but loomed larger than life until the day she took her own life in 1993. She was then 53 years old.

 Born in 1940 in Athens she began as a mainstream actress but progressively morphed into an engagé literary figure committed to anarchy & the radical left. She wrote poems, lived off cigarettes, alcohol, pills & never minced words. 

Her first collection of poems, entitled “three clicks to the left” was published in 1978.)