Dimitris Liantinis-Hour of the Stars

Posted: 28/01/2015 by vequinox in Art, Books, Canada, Greece, Greek Canadian Writers, Greek National Literary Awards, Poetry, Poetry in two languages, Translation
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ΛΑΓΩΟΣ

Τῶν ἱερῶν Ἀγρυπνιῶν στον ναό τῆς Κοίμησης.
Τό μάτι του ξανοιγόταν ἀχάραγο γυαλί
πού νά τό λιμπιστεῖ ἡ Ἄρτεμη κάτοπτρο.
Μεσάνυχτα λάβαιναν μέσα του σχῆμα
τά ἀργυρά νομίσματα τῆς ἀστροφεγγιᾶς
τό δάσος νά πίνει μία – μία τίς ὧρες
κι ὅσες θησαύριζε θημωνιές μέ ὀνείρατα
ἡ σιωπή γαλαθηνή.
Μόνον ὅταν στήν ἄκρη του κλεφτά
χαράχτηκε τό εἴδωλο ἑνοῦ ρήσου πλουμιάρη
ἐπικράνθη ὁ ἄνεμος.
Ἔσπασε ξερά ἡ λαμπήθρα τοῦ ὕπνου
κι ἄστραψε στό σκοτάδι ὁ κόσμος.

RABBIT

During the Holy Vigils at the church of Dormition
his open eyes resembled unscratched glass
that Artemis would wish as mirror.
At midnight the silver coins of starry sky
took shape in his viscera
the forest drank the hours one by one
and all the haystacks treasures of dreams
silence suckled.
But when the idol of the red golden hair
appeared on its side
the wind was embittered.
The dry iris of the day shuttered
and the world shone in the darkness.

~Δημήτρη Λιαντίνη-Οι Ώρες των Άστρων/Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη
~Dimitris Liantinis-Hour of the Stars/Translated by Manolis Aligizakis

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