Constantine P. Cavafy – Poems

Posted: 04/12/2022 by vequinox in Literature


Η εκπλήρωσις της έκνομής των ηδονής

έγινεν. Απ’ το στρώμα σηκωθήκαν

και βιαστικά ντύνονται χωρίς να μιλούν.

Βγαίνουνε χωριστά, κρυφά απ’ το σπίτι και καθώς

βαδίζουνε κάπως ανήσυχα στον δρόμο, μοιάζει

σαν να υποψιάζονται που κάτι επάνω των προδίδει

σε τί είδους κλίνην έπεσαν προ ολίγου.

Πλην του τεχνίτου πώς εκέρδισε η ζωή.

Αύριο, μεθαύριο, η μετά χρόνια θα γραφούν

οι στίχ’ οι δυνατοί που εδώ ήταν η αρχή των


Their illicit carnal pleasure is

consummated. They rise from the mattress,

and they quickly dress without speaking.

They separately go out of the house, in secret;

and as they walk somewhat uneasily on the street,

it seems they suspect that something about them betrays

what kind of a bed they were in a little while ago.

But here is how the life of the artist profits:

tomorrow, day after tomorrow, or years later, powerful

verses will be written, verses that had their beginning here.


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