Yannis Ritsos-Poems, Selected Books, Volume III

YANNIS RITSOS-Poems, Selected Books, Volume ΙII

Ημερολόγια Εξορίας//Exile Diaries

21 Νοεμβρίου//November 21st

Αρχίζω να μην καταλαβαίνω ένα σωρό πράγματα.

Αυτά μ’ ενοχλούν όσο μια τρύπια κάλτσα

δείχνοντας τ’ αχαμνό κιτρινιασμένο πόδι ενός διανοούμενου.

Αυτοί που φορούν γυαλιά δεν μου αρέσουν.

Ίσως το φεγγάρι να καταλαβαίνει τα σπίτια

ίσως τα σπίτια να καταλαβαίνουν τα παράθυρα τους

όμως εγώ δεν καταλαβαίνω γιατί μια λάμπα νάχει αυτό τ’ όνομα

όταν ένα βαπόρι σφυρίζει μέσα στη νύχτα

κι όταν σωριάζονται ανάκατα στο πάτωμα

λάμπες, βαπόρια, βδομάδες και καλάθια με ψωμιά

κι εγώ νηστικός ανοίγοντας το στόμα μου να με ταϊσουν

με μια μπουκιά απ’ το ψωμί που τους δίνω.

21st of November

I started realizing that a lot of things

bother me as much as a holed sock that

reveals the soft, yellowish foot of a thinker.

I don’t like the ones who wear glasses.

Perhaps the moon will understand the houses

perhaps the houses will understand their windows

though I don’t understand why a lamp has that kind

           of a name

when the ship whistles in the night

and lamps, ships, weeks, baskets of bread

get mixed up on the floor

while I remain unfed opening my mouth

           so they can feed me

with the little bread I give them.

Yannis Ritsos-Poems, Selected Books, Volume II

YANNIS RITSOS-Poems, Selected Books, Volume ΙI

ΑΣΚΗΣΕΙΣ//EXERCISES

Τ’ ΑΓΑΛΜΑΤΑ

Έστριψε το κλειδί στην πόρτα,

να μπεί στο σπίτι του, να πλαγιάσει.

Ξάφνου, θυμήθηκε πως κάτι ξέχασε.

Είταν αργά, δε μπορούσε να γυρίσει.

Έτσι μονάχος μες στη νύχτα

με το χέρι του πάνω στο κλειδί του,

έξω απ’ το δρόμο, έξω απ’ την πόρτα του,

ολόκληρος, άντικρυ στη μοίρα του,

μαρμαρωμένος σαν τ’ αγάλματα.

Όμως τ’ αγάλματα χαμογελούν αδιάφορα.

THE STATUES

He turned the key in the door

to enter his house, to lay down.

Suddenly he remembered that he forgot something

but it was late, he couldn’t return.

Thus, all alone in the night,

with his fingers on the key,

outside, in the road, just out of his door

whole, opposite his fate,

petrified like a statue.

However, even the statues smile vaguely.

Daily Dose of Bhagwad Gita

Be Inspired..!!

Quotes on Gita :‘If one reads Bhagavad-Gita very sincerely and with all seriousness, then by the grace of the Lord the reactions of his past misdeeds will not act upon him’Lord Shiva to Parvatidevi, Gita-Mahatmya.

No other philosophical or religious work reveals, in such a lucid and profound way, the nature of consciousness, the self, the universe and the Supreme. I will shall read (Youtube Link Attached) Gita verses from the book “Bhagvad-Gita As It Is” by Swami Prabhupada everyday.

Chapter 3 – Verse 14

Text 14 – All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajña [sacrifice], and yajña is born of prescribed duties.

Purport – Śrīla Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, a great commentator on the Bhagavad-gītā, writes as follows: ye indrādy-aṅgatayāvasthitaṁ yajñaṁ sarveśvaraṁ viṣṇum abhyarcya tac-cheṣam aśnanti tena tad deha-yātrāṁ sampādayanti, te santaḥ sarveśvarasya yajña-puruṣasya bhaktāḥ sarva-kilbiṣair anādi-kāla-vivṛddhair…

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