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Kavafis, Konstantinos: The Windows (Τα Παράθυρα in English)

Portre of Kavafis, Konstantinos

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Τα Παράθυρα (Greek)

Σ’ αυτές τες σκοτεινές κάμαρες, που περνώ
μέρες βαρυές, επάνω κάτω τριγυρνώ
για  νάβρω τα παράθυρα. - Όταν ανοίξει
ένα παράθυρο θάναι παρηγορία. -
Μα τα παράθυρα δεν βρίσκονται, ή δεν μπορώ
να τάβρω. Και καλλίτερα ίσως να μην τα βρω.
Ίσως το φως θάναι μια νέα τυραννία.
Ποιος ξέρει τι καινούρια πράγματα θα δείξει.

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The Windows (English)

In these dark rooms where I live out
empty days, I circle back and forth
trying to find the windows.
It will be a great relief when a window opens.
But the windows are not there to be found—
or at least I cannot find them. And perhaps
it is better that I don’t find them.
Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny.
Who knows what new things it will expose? 

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