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Seferis, Giorgos: Mythistorema 12. - Bottle in the sea (Μυθιστόρημα ΙΒ´ - Μποτίλια στὸ πέλαγο in English)

Portre of Seferis, Giorgos

Μυθιστόρημα ΙΒ´ - Μποτίλια στὸ πέλαγο (Greek)

Τρεῖς βράχοι λίγα καμένα πεῦκα κι ἕνα ρημοκλήσι
καὶ παραπάνω
τὸ ἴδιο τοπίο ἀντιγραμμένο ξαναρχίζει
τρεῖς βράχοι σὲ σχῆμα πύλης, σκουριασμένοι
λίγα καμένα πεῦκα, μαῦρα καὶ κίτρινα
κι ἕνα τετράγωνο σπιτάκι θαμμένο στὸν ἀσβέστη
καὶ παραπάνω ἀκόμη πολλὲς φορὲς
τὸ ἴδιο τοπίο ξαναρχίζει κλιμακωτὰ
ὡς τὸν ὁρίζοντα ὡς τὸν οὐρανὸ ποὺ βασιλεύει.

Ἐδῶ ἀράξαμε τὸ καράβι νὰ ματίσουμε τὰ σπασμένα κουπιά,
νὰ πιοῦμε νερὸ καὶ νὰ κοιμηθοῦμε.
Ἡ θάλασσα ποὺ μᾶς πίκρανε εἶναι βαθιὰ κι ἀνεξερεύνητη
καὶ ξεδιπλώνει μίαν ἀπέραντη γαλήνη.
Ἐδῶ μέσα στὰ βότσαλα βρήκαμε ἕνα νόμισμα
καὶ τὸ παίξαμε στὰ ζάρια.
Τὸ κέρδισε ὁ μικρότερος καὶ χάθηκε.

Ξαναμπαρκάραμε μὲ τὰ σπασμένα μας κουπιά.

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Mythistorema 12. - Bottle in the sea (English)

Three rocks, a few burnt pines, a lone chapel
and farther above
the same landscape repeated starts again:
three rocks in the shape of a gateway, rusted,
a few burnt pines, black and yellow,
and a square hut buried in whitewash;
and still farther above, many times over,
the same landscape recurs level after level
to the horizon, to the twilit sky.

Here we moored the ship to splice the broken oars,
to drink water and to sleep.
The sea that embittered us is deep and unexplored
and unfolds a boundless calm.
Here among the pebbles we found a coin
and threw dice for it.
The youngest won it and disappeared.

We put to sea again with our broken oars.

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