Kostas Karyotakis//Κώστας Καρυωτάκης

379full-kostas-karyotakis

 

ΝΥΧΤΑ

Εἶναι ἀξημέρωτη νύχτα ἡ ζωή.

Στὶς μεσονύχτιες στράτες περπατᾶνε
ἀποσταμένοι οἱ ἔρωτες
κι οἱ γρίλιες τῶν παράθυρων ἐστάξανε
τὸν πόνο ποὺ κρατᾶνε

Στὶς στέγες ἐκρεμάστη τὸ φεγγάρι
σκυμμένο πρὸς τὰ δάκρυά του
κι ἡ μυρωμένη λύπη τῶν τριαντάφυλλων
τὸ δρόμο της θὰ πάρει

Ὁλόρθο τὸ φανάρι μας σωπαίνει
χλωμὸ καὶ μυστηριώδικο
κι ἡ πόρτα τοῦ σπιτιοῦ μου εἶναι σὰ ν᾿ ἄνοιξε
καὶ λείψανο νὰ βγαίνει.

Σαρκάζει τὸ κρεβάτι τὴ χαρά τους
κι αὐτοὶ λὲν πὼς ἔτριξε·
δὲ λὲν πὼς τὸ κρεβάτι ὁραματίζεται
μελλοντικοὺς θανάτους.

Καὶ κλαῖνε οἱ ἀμανέδες στὶς ταβέρνες
τὴ νύχτα τὴν ἀστρόφεγγη
ποὺ θά ῾πρεπε ἡ ἀγάπη νὰν τὴν ἔπινε
καὶ παίζουν οἱ λατέρνες.

Χυμένες στὰ ποτήρια καρτεροῦνε
οἱ λησμονιὲς γλυκύτατες·
οἱ χίμαιρες τώρα θὰ εἰποῦν τὸ λόγο τους
καὶ οἱ ἄνθρωποι θ᾿ ἀκοῦνε

Καθημερνῶν χαμῶνε κοιμητήρι
τὸ πάρκον ἀνατρίχιασε
τὴν ὥρα ποὺ νεκρὸς κάποιος ἐκίνησε
νὰ πάει στὴ χλόη νὰ γείρει.

 

LIVES

 

And lives go on until they wither

 

I talk of lives that gave themselves

to light, serene love, which

go down like dabbling brooks

they hide inside them this light

as the sky reflects into the rivers

as the sun flows in it.

I speak of live that gave their selves to light.

 

About the little lives that hang

like rubies from the lips of women

like the offerings hang from

the icons, silver hearts

exquisitely humble yet in love

with the lips of a woman

I speak of little lives that hang

 

The unsuspicious lives

as they silently follow

darkened, foreign, saddened

steps, image of a delicate woman,

who hasn’t sensed them following,

and who will lean onto the earth

and vanish silently: the unsuspicious lives

 

that vaguely and in doubt passed

like stars of the morning twilight

in the thought of a morning

soul that hasn’t seen its lives

wither slowly just as it ran

joyously yet passed unfettered

lives that vaguely and in doubt passed

 

Μετάφραση Μανώλη Αλυγιζάκη//translated by Manolis Aligizakis

 

 

 

 

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