Tasos Livaditis/translated by Manolis Aligizakis

Posted: 12/08/2017 by vequinox in Aligizakis Manolis, Art, Greek Canadian Poets, Greek Canadian Writers, Greek National Literary Awards, Greek Poets, Literature
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ΤΩΡΑ μαθαίνουμε την υπομονή, πρόσωπα γεμάτα ρήγματα, όπου


λογιών κατατρεγμοί, κι άλλοτε παλιοί μύθοι έστεκαν στο δρόμο

και μας γύριζαν πίσω, λεηλασίες, πανικός, ερήμωση. Όμως είναι

στιγμές που στη μνήμη κάποιου περνάει, άξαφνα,

μια αχνή σκηνή απ’ τ’ αλλοτινά μεγάλα, και τότε οι ζητιάνοι

μαζεύουνε το χέρι τους

σαν να `ναι αρκετό, για σήμερα, το κέρδος.



NOW we learn of patience, faces full of cracks where

you could fit

various persecutions and at other times old myths stood in the road

and turned us back: lootings, panic, devastation. But there’re

moments that suddenly a fresh scene from old great events goes

through someone’s memory and then the beggars

pull back their hand

as though the profit was enough for today.




~Tasos Livaditis-Poems, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, 2014




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