Yannis Ritsos//translated by Manolis Aligizakis




Νυκτόβια έντομα νεκρά στο πάτωμα. Περνάς

στις δυο κρεβατοκάμαρες: το ίδιο. Οι άλλοι

ανηφορίσανε στ’ ασβεστοκάμινα, ανάψαν φωτιές,

εμείς τους περιμέναμε τρεις νύχτες. Έγειρε το φεγγάρι,

ύστερα η πολιτεία ερήμωσε, σβήσαν τα φώτα,

έμειναν τ’ άδεια καταστήματα κι οι ξαβαμμένοι κλόουν.


~Αθήνα, 7-1-79





Dead night-flies on the floor. You go

to the two bedrooms: same thing. The others

went up the hill to the lime kilns, they started fires;

for three nights we waited for them. The moon leaned;

then the city was deserted, the lights went out,

the empty stores remained and the discolored clowns.


~Athens, 7-1-79




YANNIS RITSOS-SELECTED POEMS, translated by Manolis Aligizakis, Ekstasis Editions, Victoria, BC, 2013





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