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Δικά μου οἱ στίχοι, ἀπ᾿ τὸ αἷμα μου, παιδιά.
Μιλοῦνε, μὰ τὰ λόγια σὰν κομμάτια
τὰ δίνω ἀπὸ τὴν ἴδια μου καρδιά,
σὰ δάκρυα τοὺς τὰ δίνω ἀπὸ τὰ μάτια.

Πηγαίνουν μὲ χαμόγελο πικρό,
ἀφοῦ τὴ ζωὴν ἀνιστορίζω τόσο.
Ἥλιο καὶ μέρα καὶ ἥλιο τοὺς φορῶ,
ζώνη νὰν τά ῾χουν ὅταν θὰ νυχτώσω.

Τὸν οὐρανὸν ὁρίζουν, τὴ γῆ.
Ὅμως ρωτιοῦνται ἀκόμα σὰν τί λείπει
καὶ πλήττουνε καὶ λιώνουν πάντα οἱ γιοὶ
μητέρα ποὺ γνωρίσανε τὴ Λύπη

Τὸ γέλιο τοῦ ἁπαλότερου σκοποῦ,
τὸ πάθος μάταια χύνω τοῦ φλαούτου·
εἶμαι γι᾿ αὐτοὺς ἀνίδεος ρήγας ποὺ
ἔχασε τὴν ἀγάπη τοῦ λαοῦ του.

Κεῖ ρεύουνε καὶ σβήνουν καὶ ποτὲ
δὲν παύουνε σιγά-σιγὰ νὰ κλαῖνε.
Ἀλλοῦ κοιτώντας διάβαινε, Θνητέ·
Λήθη, τὸ πλοῖο σου φέρε μου νὰ πλένε




They are mine, my friends, as if my blood

they speak, like words and pieces

of my heart that I give away

like tears from my eyes that I give you


they reach you like saddened smiles

since I narrate my life through them

I the sun I dress them with the sun of day

like belts to keep when a night I become


the oversee the sky and the earth

yet they question what is still missing

and they’re bored and they wither

sons who have sorrow as their mother


the laughter of the smoothest tune

I echo the passion of the flute

for them I’ve become the ruler

who has lost the love of his people


there they floe and they fade never

to stop yet slowly they cry

turn your glance elsewhere oh, mortal

bring your ship oh, forgetfulness that they sail on it.


KOSTAS KARYOTAKIS, translated by Manolis Aligizakis