Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Μυρισαι Το Αριστον (ΙΙ)

ΚΑΤΟΙΚΗΣΑ ΜΙΑ ΧΩΡΑ που 'βγαινε από την άλλη, την
πραγματική, όπως τ' όνειρο από τα γεγονότα της ζωής μου.
Την είπα κι αυτήν Ελλάδα και τη χάραξα πάνω στο χαρτί
να τηνε βλέπω. Τόσο λίγη έμοιαζε' τόσο άπιαστη.
Περνώντας ο καιρός όλο και τη δοκίμαζα: με κάτι ξαφνικούς
σεισμούς, κάτι παλιές καθαρόαιμες θύελλες. Άλλαζα θέση
στα πράγματα να τ' απαλλάξω από κάθε αξία. Μελετούσα
τ' Ακοίμιστα και την Ερημική ν' αξιωθώ να φκιάνω λό-
φους καστανούς, Μοναστηράκια, κρήνες. Ως κι ένα περι-
βόλι ολόκληρο έβγαλα γιομάτο εσπεριδοειδή που μύριζαν Η-
ράκλειτο κι Αρχίλοχο. Μα 'ταν η ευωδία τόση που φοβήθηκα.
Κι έπιασα σιγά - σιγά να δένω λόγια σαν διαμαντικά να την
καλύψω τη χώρα που αγαπούσα. Μην και κανείς ιδεί το κάλ-
λος. 'Η κι υποψιαστεί πως ίσως δεν υπάρχει.


I INHABITED A LAND that was coming from the other, 
the real one, like the dream from the facts of my life.
I named her Greece too, and carved her on paper
just to see her. She looked so minor, so intangible.
As time went by I tested her: with some sudden
earthquakes, some old pure blooded storms. I changed
position at things to save them from any value. I studied
the Sleepless and the Solitary to be able to make brown
hills, tiny Monasteries, fountains. I even made a garden 
that was full of citrus trees which smelled Heraclitus and
Archilochus. But the perfume was so strong I got scared.
And then, I started little by little tying words like jewels
to cover the land I loved. So as nobody can see the 
beauty. Or become even suspicious she does not exist.

Odysseas Elytis


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