Neo-Hellene Poets an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

Poem by Miltos Sachtouris//Ποίημα Μίλτου Σαχτούρη


Ἕνας ναύτης ψηλὰ
στὰ κάτασπρα ντυμένος
τρέχει μέσ᾿ στὸ φεγγάρι

Κι ἡ κοπέλα ἀπ᾿ τὴ γῆς
μὲ τὰ κόκκινα μάτια
λέει ἕνα τραγούδι
ποὺ δὲ φτάνει ὡς τὸ ναύτη

Φτάνει ὡς τὸ λιμάνι
φτάνει ὡς τὸ καράβι
φτάνει ὡς τὰ κατάρτια

Μὰ δὲ φτάνει ψηλὰ στὸ φεγγάρι


A sailor up high

dressed in white

runs along the moon

and from earth the girl

with red eyes

sings a song

that doesn’t reach him

it reaches the harbour

reaches the ship

reaches the masts

but it doesn’t reach high up to the moon

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