ΕΝΑΣ ΓΕΡΟΝΤΑΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΑΚΡΟΠΟΤΑΜΙΑ/An Old Man On the River Bank

Manolis

George Seferis_coverAn Old Man On the River Bank

 

    For Nanos Panagiotopoulos

And yet we have to consider how to proceed.

To feel is not enough, nor to think, nor

to move

nor to risk your body in the ancient embrasure,

when the boiling oil and molten lead groove

the walls.

And yet we have to consider to what direction we go ahead

not the way our pain desires it and our hungry

children

and the chasm of our comrades’ call from

the opposite shore

not even the darkened light whispers it in the improvised

hospital,

the pharmaceutical shine on the young man operated

on at noon

but in some other way perhaps I mean to say that

the long river that emerges from the great lakes enclosed

deep in Africa

and at sometime it was god and then it turned into road and

benefactor and judge and delta

that…

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