Neo-Hellene Poets, an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

Posted: 02/12/2022 by vequinox in Literature

Poem by Odysseus Elytis

SUN THE FIRST

I

I don’t know the night horrible anonymity of death

a fleet of stars moor in the inlet of my soul

that you, guarding Hesperus, may shine next to the sky

light breeze of an island dreaming of me

pronouncing the dawn from its high rocks  

my two eyes sail you in an embrace with the star

of my true heart: I don’t know the night anymore

I don’t know the name of a world that denies me

clearly I read the ostracons the leaves the stars

hatred is superfluous to me in the roads of the sky

unless it is the dream looking at me again

in tears that I pass through the sea of immortality

oh Hesperus, under the contour of your golden fire

the night which is only night I don’t know anymore.

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