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



The drama of your life and art,

so insignificant and yet so deeply thought,

spending your mind’s magnificence

in futile, laughable diversions,

playing with words all day and night,

testing how to put them next to one another,

how to mix them and add music to them,

how to enclose your dreams in verse.

Such pain and struggle, such an agony

to mould and turn your sorrow into harmony

and knead it using all your craftiness

just to return it to the people,

truly I don’t know of any other drama

more important than your pain

the pain that longs be imprisoned in a cage

its space the alphabet of man.

And after you have played with rhymes

and words like little children in their games

and after you’ve diminished all your hope

and lost yourself among your memories

as soon as the regrets appear

when the moment comes to bow or not

you lift your cross along with all your treasure

and to Golgotha you stumble to be crucified!


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