Karyotakis-Polydouri//The Tragic Love Story




Ὦ Βενετία, πόλις ἀπὸ χρυσάφι κι ἀπὸ σμάλτο,
κορόνα στὴ λαμπρότητα τῆς Ἀδριατικῆς,
Μέγα Κανάλι, Γέφυρα τῶν Στεναγμῶν, Ριάλτο,
ὢ θύμηση ἀνεξάλειπτη μιᾶς ἐκθαμβωτικῆς

νύχτας, ποὺ ἐπερπάτησα στὴ μυθικὴ πλατεία
τοῦ Ἁγίου Μάρκου, μπρὸς στὸ παλάτι τῶν Δουκῶν,
ἀκούοντας νὰ σφυρηλατοῦν τὶς ὦρες μία μία
τὰ χάλκινα ὁμοιώματα τῶν δυὸ στρατιωτῶν —

πόσο πλάγι σου φαίνονται μικρὰ καὶ χωρὶς βάθος
τὰ αἰσθήματα ποὺ μᾶς κρατοῦν ἀκόμη ἐδῶ στὴ γῆ,
ἐφήμερος ἡ λύπη μας, ἀταίριαστο τὸ πάθος,
ὦ αἰώνια παράδοση τοῦ κάλλους καὶ πηγή!




Oh Venice, city made of gold and enamel

crown of the gleaming Adriatic Sea

great canal, bridge of sighs, Rialto

unforgettable memory of a dazzling


night when I walked to the mythical plaza

of Saint Mark towards the Palace of the Duke

hearing one by one the forging of the hours

the bronze semblances of two soldiers


how small and shallow they look next to you

the emotions that still keep us on this earth

our ephemeral sorrow, our unsuitable passion

oh, eternal spring of tradition and beauty.



KARYOTAKIS-POLYDOURI//The Tragic Love Story, Translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Libros Libertad, Vancouver, BC, 2016




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