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Seferis, Giorgos: Mythistorema 1. (Μυθιστόρημα Α´ in English)

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Μυθιστόρημα Α´ (Greek)

Si j᾿ ai du gout, ce n᾿ est guère
Que pour la terre et les pierres.
Arthur Rimbaud

Μυθιστόρημα Α´

Τὸν ἄγγελο
τὸν περιμέναμε προσηλωμένοι τρία χρόνια
κοιτάζοντας πολὺ κοντὰ
τὰ πεῦκα τὸ γιαλὸ καὶ τ᾿ ἄστρα.
Σμίγοντας τὴν κόψη τ᾿ ἀλετριοῦ
ἢ τοῦ καραβιοῦ τὴν καρένα
ψάχναμε νὰ βροῦμε πάλι τὸ πρῶτο σπέρμα
γιὰ νὰ ξαναρχίσει τὸ πανάρχαιο δράμα.

Γυρίσαμε στὰ σπίτια μας τσακισμένοι
μ᾿ ἀνήμπορα μέλη, μὲ τὸ στόμα ρημαγμένο
ἀπὸ τὴ γέψη τῆς σκουριᾶς καὶ τῆς ἁρμύρας.
Ὅταν ξυπνήσαμε ταξιδέψαμε κατὰ τὸ βοριά, ξένοι
βυθισμένοι μέσα σὲ καταχνιὲς ἀπὸ τ᾿ ἄσπιλα φτερὰ τῶν κύκνων ποὺ μᾶς πληγώναν.
Τὶς χειμωνιάτικες νύχτες μᾶς τρέλαινε ὁ δυνατὸς ἀγέρας τῆς ἀνατολῆς
τὰ καλοκαίρια χανόμασταν μέσα στὴν ἀγωνία τῆς μέρας ποὺ δὲν μποροῦσε νὰ ξεψυχήσει.

Φέραμε πίσω
αὐτὰ τ᾿ ἀνάγλυφα μιᾶς τέχνης ταπεινῆς.

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Mythistorema 1. (English)

I only find within my bones
A taste for eating earth and stones.
Arthur Rimbaud

Mythistorema 1.

The angel -
three years we waited for him, attention riveted,
closely scanning
the pines the shore the stars.
One with the blade of the plough or the ship’s keel
we were searching to find once more the first seed
so that the age-old drama could begin again.

We returned to our homes broken,
limbs incapable, mouths cracked
by the tastes of rust and brine.
when we woke we traveled towards the north, strangers
plunged into mist by the immaculate wings of swans that wounded us.
On winter nights the strong wind from the east maddened us,
in the summers we were lost in the agony of days that couldn’t die.

We brought back
these carved reliefs of a humble art.

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