Yannis Ritsos-Poems, Selected Books, Volume III

Και τους τρεις

Εκείνος έκανε δυο βήματα πίσω

για να δείξει τον ένοχο

ο δεύτερος έβαλε τα χέρια στις τσέπες

για να μη δείξει τον ένοχο

ο τρίτος έκλεισε τα μάτια του

για να μη βλέπει.

Τους τουφέκισαν.

All Three

One of them took two steps back

to point the guilty

the second put his hands

in his pockets

that he wouldn’t point at the guilty

the third closed his eyes

so he wouldn’t see.

They shot them all.

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