Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Μυθιστόρημα (Η') - Mythistorema (VIII)

Μὰ τί γυρεύουν οἱ ψυχές μας ταξιδεύοντας
πάνω σὲ καταστρώματα κατελυμένων καραβιῶν
στριμωγμένες μὲ γυναῖκες κίτρινες καὶ μωρὰ ποὺ κλαῖνε
χωρὶς νὰ μποροῦν νὰ ξεχαστοῦν οὔτε μὲ τὰ χελιδονόψαρα
οὔτε μὲ τ᾿ ἄστρα ποὺ δηλώνουν στὴν ἄκρη τὰ κατάρτια.
Τριμμένες ἀπὸ τοὺς δίσκους τῶν φωνογράφων
δεμένες ἄθελα μ᾿ ἀνύπαρχτα προσκυνήματα
μουρμουρίζοντας σπασμένες σκέψεις ἀπὸ ξένες γλῶσσες.

Μὰ τί γυρεύουν οἱ ψυχές μας ταξιδεύοντας
πάνω στὰ σαπισμένα θαλάσσια ξύλα
ἀπὸ λιμάνι σὲ λιμάνι;

Μετακινώντας τσακισμένες πέτρες, ἀνασαίνοντας
τὴ δροσιὰ τοῦ πεύκου πιὸ δύσκολα κάθε μέρα,
κολυμπώντας στὰ νερὰ τούτης τῆς θάλασσας
κι ἐκείνης τῆς θάλασσας,
χωρὶς ἁφὴ
χωρὶς ἀνθρώπους
μέσα σε μία πατρίδα ποὺ δὲν εἶναι πιὰ δική μας
οὔτε δική σας.

Τὸ ξέραμε πὼς ἦταν ὡραῖα τὰ νησιὰ
κάπου ἐδῶ τριγύρω ποὺ ψηλαφοῦμε
λίγο πιὸ χαμηλὰ ἢ λίγο πιὸ ψηλὰ
ἕνα ἐλάχιστο διάστημα.


What are they after, our souls, travelling
on the decks of decayed ships
crowded in with sallow women and crying babies
unable to forget themselves either with the flying fish
or with the stars that the masts point our at their tips;
grated by gramophone records
committed to non-existent pilgrimages unwillingly
murmuring broken thoughts from foreign languages.

What are they after, our souls, travelling
on rotten brine-soaked timbers
from harbour to harbour?

Shifting broken stones, breathing in
the pine's coolness with greater difficulty each day,
swimming in the waters of this sea
and of that sea,
without the sense of touch
without men
in a country that is no longer ours
nor yours.

We knew that the islands were beautiful
somewhere round about here where we grope,
slightly lower down or slightly higher up,
a tiny space.

Giorgos Seferis

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