Yannis Ritsos – Poems, Volume I, Second Edition


Had you left at the appropriate moment
you wouldn’t need so many pretexts later on
so much humiliation and indignity By the entrance
two pails tipped over The wet shoes
hidden under the bed Ashes
glasses mourning announcements You never learned
the purpose and what the difference was Searching
you postponed you always postponed Perhaps
even that was one way like the cigarettes
like the glance behind the curtain at the hour
when three naked women multiplied in the sky
with their white arms behind their hair –
and you to carry on your stay here
between two completely unlike statues
that both resemble you – one
painted completely red and the other black


Yannis Ritsos – Poems, Volume II, Second Edition


The violin has four chords, four fingers. It has no thumb,

               he said.

It can give, it can’t grab, steal, keep.

              The violin

has naked chords, like a leafless tree.

It has lost its leaves, leaves the distance to be free, it shows

              the distance.

Only four fingers, what can it keep? It won’t even open in

               an obscene gesture. Yet

the bow is its fifth finger, its thumb. And then

the violin captivates the world, raises the world

and the world vibrates on its chords like a tightrope walker,

handsome risk-taker over the unknown.  


Yannis Ritsos – Poems, Volume III, Second Edition

Under the Plane Trees on St Constantine’s Day

When these people dress they have a strange simplicity

and secrecy in their voice, movements, in the uncombed

way of their Sunday hairdo, as if the family, from the grandfather

to the grandchildren have slept on the same mattress. When

the young farmers try to shift the flow of the water from one

ditch of the orchard to the other, the bending of their bodies

indicates that they know more about the sun than us. Then

all of a sudden noon comes. It’s hot. We shut the window shutters;

we undress. The glassy gleam from the gesture of a branch,

out of the balcony door, freshens the white bed-sheets for a while.  


Πώς θα δείτε σήμερα το «φιλί» Αφροδίτης – Δία


Η σύνοδος Αφροδίτης – Δία είναι πιθανό να είναι ορατή ακόμα και με γυμνό μάτι.

Screenshot: Twitter / NASA

Εξαιρετικά κοντά θα έρθουν μεταξύ τους οι πλανήτες Αφροδίτη και Δίας, με αποτέλεσμα να φαίνεται σχεδόν σαν να αγγίζει ο ένας τον άλλον, στο νυχτερινό ουρανό, σύμφωνα με το BBC.

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