George Seferis-Collected Poems

Δελφίνια φλάμπουρα καὶ κανονιές.
Τὸ πέλαγο τόσο πικρὸ γιὰ τὴν ψυχή σου κάποτε,
σήκωνε τὰ πολύχρωμα κι ἀστραφτερὰ καράβια
λύγιζε, τὰ κλυδώνιζε κι ὅλο μαβὶ μ᾿ ἄσπρα φτερά,
τόσο πικρὸ γιὰ τὴν ψυχή σου κάποτε
τώρα γεμάτο χρώματα στὸν ἥλιο.
Ἄσπρα πανιὰ καὶ φῶς καὶ τὰ κουπιὰ τὰ ὑγρὰ
χτυποῦσαν μὲ ρυθμὸ τυμπάνου ἕνα ἡμερωμένο κύμα.
Θὰ ἦταν ὡραῖα τὰ μάτια σου νὰ κοίταζαν
θὰ ἦταν λαμπρὰ τὰ χέρια σου ν᾿ ἀπλώνουνταν
θὰ ἦταν σὰν ἄλλοτε ζωηρὰ τὰ χείλια σου
μπρὸς σ᾿ ἕνα τέτοιο θάμα
τὸ γύρευες τί γύρευες μπροστὰ στὴ στάχτη
ἢ μέσα στὴ βροχὴ στὴν καταχνιὰ στὸν ἄνεμο,
τὴν ὥρα ἀκόμη ποὺ χαλάρωναν τὰ φῶτα
κι ἡ πολιτεία βύθιζε κι ἀπὸ τὶς πλάκες
σοῦ ῾δειχνε τὴν καρδιά του ὁ Ναζωραῖος,
τί γύρευες; γιατί δὲν ἔρχεσαι; τί γύρευες;
Dolphins, banners and cannon shots.
The pelagos once so bitter for your soul
carried the multi-coloured and glittering ship
sit swayed, rolled and pitched them, totally blue with white wings
once so bitter for your soul
now full of colours in the sun.
White sails and sunlight and the wet oars
struck the stilled waters with a rhythm of drums.
Your eyes, gazing, would be beautiful
your arms, extending, would shine
your lips, would be alive, as they used to be
before such miracle;
you searched for it what did you search for in front of the ashes
or in the rain, in the fog, in the wind
even when the lights were dimmed
and the city was sinking and from the stone pavement
the Nazarene showed you his heart
what did you search for? Why don’t you come?
What did you search for?

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