Karyotakis/Polydouri–The Tragic Love Story

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ΔΕ ΘΑ ΞΑΝΑΡΘΗΣ ΠΙΑ…

Δὲ θὰ ξανἄρθης πιά, νὰ μοῦ χαρίσης
ἀπ᾿ τὴν ὡραία ζωὴ ποὺ σὲ φλογίζει
κάτι, ἕνα της λουλούδι; Σοῦ γεμίζει
μὲ τόσα τὴν καρδιὰ καὶ τὸ κορμί.

Δὲ θἄρθης πιά, τὰ χέρια μου νὰ σμίξης
τὰ παγωμένα, τὰ ἐχθρικά μου χέρια;
Πλάι στὰ δικά σου, μερωμένα ταίρια
δὲν τὰ ζυγώνει πλέον ἡ ἀφορμή.

Δὲ θἄρθης! …Πὼς ἀργὰ περνοῦν οἱ μέρες.
Κι᾿ ὅσο σὺ φεύγεις, τόσο μὲ σιμώνει
ἡ γνώριμή μου μοίρα. Τόσο μόνη,
τόσον καιρὸ μὲ τὸν κρυφὸ καημό.

Δὲ σοῦ περνάει, ἀλήθεια ἀπὸ τὴ σκέψη
ὅτι μπορεῖ σὲ μία στιγμὴ θλιμμένη,
στὴ μοίρα αὐτὴ ποὺ πάντα μὲ προσμένει
νὰ πάω ξανὰ καὶ δίχως γυρισμό;

 

YOU WON’T RETURN

You won’t return anymore to grace me with

something from the gifts the beautiful life

has graced you: a flower perhaps? The life

that fills your heart and body with such beauty.

 

You won’t return anymore to take my hands

that froze as if an enemy’s hands?

Joined with yours, calm pair of hands

that need doesn’t come near them any longer.

 

You won’t return! And the days pass by slowly

and as you go away my familiar fate

comes close to me, alone

for so long with the secret grief.

 

Don’t you ever think that perhaps, truly

in sad moment I’ll direct myself

to the fateful end that awaits me

and never to return?

 

KARYOTAKIS-POLYDOURI, THE TRAGIC LOVE STORY, Libros Libertad, 2016

www.manolisaligizakis.com

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