SKIRMISH-ΑΚΡΟΒΟΛΙΣΜΟΣ

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SKIRMISH

You know the great loneliness of exile
these infuriated seashores that could be ours though
they are foreign
this air that harasses the window shutters
these window shutters that we have never opened
or closed
though they still trust us with all afternoons
ΑΚΡΟΒΟΛΙΣΜΟΣ

Την ξέρεις τη μεγάλη ερημιά της εξορίας
αυτές τις θυμωμένες ακρογιαλιές που μπορεί νάταν δικές μας
κι είναι ξένες
αυτόν τον αγέρα που βασανίζει τα παραθυρόφυλλα
αυτά τα παραθυρόφυλλα που δεν τ’ ανοίξαμε και δεν τα κλείσαμε
ποτέ
και που ωστόσο μας εμπιστεύονται όλα τ’ απογεύματα

Yannis Ritsos-Poems-translated by Manolis Aligizakis
http://www.libroslibertad.ca

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