The Hotel “Hope”


N.N. Trakakis translation
from Miltos Sahtouris’ original in Greek

A little out from Athens there is
the Hotel “HOPE”. Each night
in this Hotel, at midnight,
two ghosts cry. This bad luck
drives the hotel manager to despair,
for as you might appreciate
these goings-on drive customers away
and it is a miracle
that the Hotel has remained open.
What prayers and what exorcisms even
the hotel manager has performed,
Each night at 12
there begins the heart-rending cry
of the two ghosts.

 This poem was written by leading Modern Greek poet, Miltos Sachtouris (1919-2005),
I am grateful to Kedros Publishing for permission to translate and publish these poems.

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