Archive for 16/03/2023

Tasos Livaditis – Poems, Volume II

Posted: 16/03/2023 by vequinox in Literature

Long Listed for the Griffin Poetry Awards 2023



So many things and truly no one sees them; how can

           you endure them alone?

The dream or the self-denial, sacrifice or pity, like the poor

relatives you let steal from you so you can feel richer

yet why so much struggle, Lord, to gain such tiny reward

           as small as a piece of a rail line

during the Day of Judgment; those two in the basement

           didn’t have money to pay the lawyers

and rats were eating their shoes. Absurd things like the

eyelids of the blind or as we still insist, and you, Martha,

please love me, I’m desolate, almost rude in my old age

don’t mind me as I don’t stand up when you come in

           but I avoid all peaceful gestures

and my brother is at the old people’s home where

           the grey clouds pass;

just a moment to put my hat on and I’ll divorce you,


where the grey clouds pass and the old times violin

            isn’t heard anymore

“no, not yet, don’t wake me up” I yelled as my head

            was falling in the basket

along with the coffee grinder.