Burning Byzantium













Charles Donaghue

Charles is one of the poets taking part in the Earth Words Poets’ Workshops, run by Heidi Stephenson at Brixham Library, Torbay. The poem refers to the Maltese bird massacres, which will start again in April (though it never really ceases). Europe’s Red List birds are being decimated when they are at their most vulnerable.


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7 Responses to Burning Byzantium

    1. All of Europe’s bird conservation efforts are being annihilated by these horrific, cruel and senseless massacres. Over 7,000 birds per square km are being blasted out of the skies every spring on both land and sea (over 3 km off shore from speed boats additionally)! There is no justification for any so-called ‘tradition’ of this nature. Malta is a relatively new member of the EU and EU Law is being violated! Malta’s government needs to finally take the powerful hunting lobby in hand – and haul them over the ‘coals’! And we all need to boycott tourism while these abominations continue.

      Comment by Dex Finch on 18 February, 2024 at 11:17 am
    2. I liked these poems.
      They were clear, thought provoking and a definite battle cry to action.
      These appalling practices on birds should be stopped and the poems bring to life what is happening NKW.

      Comment by Rlizabeth Walls on 18 February, 2024 at 1:52 pm
    3. Beautiful writing!

      Comment by Tiffany on 18 February, 2024 at 9:18 pm
    4. Please help BirdLife Malta continue with its fight against illegal hunting and trapping in Malta. Boycotting the country is not the solution. You can support us by becoming a BirdLife Malta member – this will strengthen our voice and our lobbying efforts. Join here: http://bit.ly/join-BirdLifeMalta.

      Comment by Nathaniel Attard on 19 February, 2024 at 9:17 am
    5. Please

      Comment by Charles Donaghue on 20 February, 2024 at 12:30 pm
    6. ‘on Malta, seven million flying beings come to die’ – what a line!

      Comment by Jimmy on 21 February, 2024 at 7:30 am
    7. “In Spring in Malta it is not birds but death that sings”… This is such a devastating reversal of what should be.

      Malta could so easily become a bird-watching haven – and draw us all, in wonder and awe.

      Comment by Heidi Stephenson on 21 February, 2024 at 10:49 am

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