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

Posted: 07/12/2022 by vequinox in Literature

Poem by Kostas Karyotakis

SPRING

This the way I see the gardens

A new sadness talks to me tonight in the garden

an almond tree drives its smiling blossom

deep down to the bog’s thick water, and

memory of my youth battles the sick acacia

cold breeze awakes in the broken container

every rose is dead in the flowerpot-coffin

the cypress, endless martyrdom, star bound

uplifts its darkness thirsting for air

and they go, a sorrowful procession the pepper tree

treeline dragging along their green hair.

Two palms raise their arms in desperation

the garden is a melancholic place.

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