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Seferis, Giorgos: Mythistorema 10. (Μυθιστόρημα Ι´ in English)

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Μυθιστόρημα Ι´ (Greek)

Ὁ τόπος μας εἶναι κλειστός, ὅλο βουνὰ
ποὺ ἔχουν σκεπὴ τὸ χαμηλὸ οὐρανὸ μέρα καὶ νύχτα.
Δὲν ἔχουμε ποτάμια δὲν ἔχουμε πηγάδια δὲν ἔχουμε πηγές,
μονάχα λίγες στέρνες, ἄδειες κι αὐτές, ποὺ ἠχοῦν καὶ ποὺ τὶς προσκυνοῦμε.
Ἦχος στεκάμενος κούφιος, ἴδιος με τὴ μοναξιά μας
ἴδιος με τὴν ἀγάπη μας, ἴδιος με τὰ σώματά μας.
Μᾶς φαίνεται παράξενο ποὺ κάποτε μπορέσαμε νὰ χτίσουμε
τὰ σπίτια τὰ καλύβια καὶ τὶς στάνες μας.
Κι οἱ γάμοι μας, τὰ δροσερὰ στεφάνια καὶ τὰ δάχτυλα
γίνουνται αἰνίγματα ἀνεξήγητα γιὰ τὴν ψυχή μας.
Πῶς γεννήθηκαν πῶς δυναμώσανε τὰ παιδιά μας;

Ὁ τόπος μας εἶναι κλειστός. Τὸν κλείνουν
οἱ δυὸ μαῦρες Συμπληγάδες. Στὰ λιμάνια
τὴν Κυριακὴ σὰν κατεβοῦμε ν᾿ ἀνασάνουμε
βλέπουμε νὰ φωτίζουνται στὸ ἡλιόγερμα
σπασμένα ξύλα ἀπὸ ταξίδια ποὺ δὲν τέλειωσαν
σώματα ποὺ δὲν ξέρουν πιὰ πῶς ν᾿ ἀγαπήσουν.

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Mythistorema 10. (English)

Our country is closed in, all mountains
that day and night have the low sky as their roof.
We have no rivers, we have no wells, we have no springs,
only a few cisterns — and these empty — that echo, and that we worship.
A stagnant hollow sound, the same as our loneliness
the same as our love, the same as our bodies.
We find it strange that once we were able to build
our houses, huts and sheep-folds.
And our marriages, the cool coronals and the fingers,
become enigmas inexplicable to our soul.
How were our children born, how did they grow strong?

Our country is closed in. The two black Symplegades
close it in. When we go down
to the harbours on Sunday to breathe freely
we see, lit in the sunset,
the broken planks from voyages that never ended,
bodies that no longer know how to love.

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