Kostas Karyotakis

Posted: 02/11/2016 by vequinox in Aligizakis Manolis, Greek Poets, Literature
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(βακτήριο που προκαλεί τη σύφιλη)

Ἦταν ὡραῖα σύνολα τὰ ἐπιστημονικὰ
βιβλία, οἱ αἱματόχαρες εἰκόνες τους, ἡ φίλη
ποὺ ἀμφίβολα κοιτάζοντας ἐγέλα μυστικά,
ὡραῖο κι ὅ,τι μᾶς ἐδίναν τὰ φευγαλέα της χείλη…

Τὸ μέτωπό μας ἔκρουσε τόσο ἁπαλά, μὲ τόση
ἐπιμονή, ποὺ ἀνοίξει γιὰ νά ῾μπει σὰν κυρία
ἡ Τρέλα στὸ κεφάλι μας, ἔπειτα νὰ κλειδώσει.
Τώρα ἡ ζωή μας γίνεται ξένη, παλιὰ ἱστορία.

Τὸ λογικό, τὰ αἰσθήματά μας εἶναι πολυτέλεια,
βάρος, καὶ τὰ χαρίζουμε τοῦ κάθε συνετοῦ.
Κρατοῦμε τὴν παρόρμηση, τὰ παιδικά μας γέλια,
τὸ ἔνστικτο ν᾿ ἀφηνόμεθα στὸ χέρι τοῦ Θεοῦ.

Μιὰ κωμῳδία ἡ πλάση Του σὰν εἶναι φρικαλέα,
Ἐκεῖνος, ποὺ ἔχει πάντοτε τὴν πρόθεση καλή,
εὐδόκησε στὰ μάτια μας νὰ κατεβάσει αὐλαία
— ὤ, κωμῳδία! — τὸ θάμπωμα, τ᾿ ὄνειρο, τὴν ἀχλύ.

…Κι ἦταν ὡραία ὡς σύνολο ἡ ἀγορασμένη φίλη,
στὸ δείλι αὐτὸ τοῦ μακρινοῦ πέρα χειμῶνος, ὅταν,
γελώντας αἰνιγματικά, μᾶς ἔδινε τὰ χείλη
κι ἔβλεπε τὸ ἐνδεχόμενο, τὴν ἄβυσσο ποὺ ἐρχόταν.




                            *Bacterium of syphilis


The scientific books had well

prepared their blood thirsty images

the doubting girl who smiled secretly

beautiful the joy we received from her lips


our forehead shook softly, persistently

as we opened up that it would come in

the craziness in our heads and lock itself inside

and now our life becomes the strange, old story.


The logic and our emotions becomes luxury

burden we give to any sane person

we retain the impulse, our childish laughter

the instinct to rely onto the hands of God.


His creation is but an atrocious comedy

He, with the eternal good intention

managed to pull the curtain before our eyes

oh comedy, the awe, the dream, the smoke


and the girl I went with was beautiful

during that winter evening long ago, when

enigmatically laughing she gave me her lips

while seeing the fateful abyss closing in.


KARYOTAKIS-POLYDOURI, THE TRAGIC LOVE STORY, Translated by Manolis Aligizakis Libros Libertad, 2016




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