Kostas Karyotakis’


Θέλω νὰ φύγω πιὰ ἀπὸ δῶ, θέλω νὰ φύγω πέρα,
σὲ κάποιο τόπο ἀγνώριστο καὶ νέο,
θέλω νὰ γίνω μία χρυσὴ σκόνη μὲς στὸν αἰθέρα,
ἁπλὸ στοιχεῖο, ἐλεύθερο, γενναῖο.

Σὰν ὄνειρο νὰ φαίνονται ἁπαλὸ καὶ νὰ μιλοῦνε
ἕως τὴν ψυχὴ τὰ πράγματα τοῦ κόσμου,
ὡραῖα νά ῾ναι τὰ πρόσωπα καὶ νὰ χαμογελοῦνε,
ὡραῖος ἀκόμη ὁ ἴδιος ὁ ἑαυτός μου.

Σκοτάδι τόσο ἐκεῖ μπορεῖ νὰ μὴν ὑπάρχει, θεέ μου,
στὴ νύχτα, στὴν ἀπόγνωση τῶν τόπων,
στὸ φοβερὸ στερέωμα, στὴν ὠρυγὴ τοῦ ἀνέμου,
στὰ βλέμματα, στὰ λόγια τῶν ἀνθρώπων.

Νὰ μὴν ὑπάρχει τίποτε, τίποτε πιά, μὰ λίγη
χαρὰ καὶ ἱκανοποίησις νὰ μένει,
κι ὅλοι νὰ λένε τάχα πὼς ἔχουν γιὰ πάντα φύγει,
ὅλοι πὼς εἶναι τάχα πεθαμένοι.


I want to leave this place, to go far away

I want to become golden dust in the air

simple element, free, brave

to an unfamiliar new land I’ll go

where things of the world will appear

like dreams and they’ll talk to the soul

where the nice faces of people will smile

and where I too shall be beautiful

where, my god, darkness wouldn’t exist

in the night, nor in the despair of the place

upon the horrible skyline or in the wind’s wailing

nor in the glances or words of people

where there won’t remain anything

but a little joy and satisfaction

where all will say that they have left forever

that perhaps they are all already dead.



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