George Seferis-Collected Poems

Posted: 29/07/2021 by vequinox in Literature




Σήμαντρα ακούστηκαν

κι ήρθαν οι μαντατοφόροι.

Δεν τους περίμενα

λησμονημένη η λαλιά τους,

ξεκούραστοι, φρεσκοντυμένοι

κρατώντας κάνιστρα τους καρπούς.

Θαύμασα και ψυθίρισα:

«Μ’ αρέσουν τ’ αμφιθέατρα»

Η αχιβάδα γέμισε αμέσως

και χαμήλωσε τη φως στη σκηνή

όπως για κάποιο περιώνυμο φονικό.


Gongs were heard

and messengers came;

I didn’t expect them

and their voices forgotten;

rested, freshly attired

holding baskets of fruit.

I admired and whispered:

‘I like these amphitheaters.’

The conch was at once filled

and on stage the light was dimmed

as though for some very famous murder.

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