Δύο ποιήματα του Γιώργου Μαρκόπουλου

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Μια μπάντα πήγαινε σε επαρχιακό παραλιακό δρόμο.
Έπαιζε εμβατήρια. Ένα παιδάκι δεκατέσσερω χρονώ,
με φαρδύ καπέλο και παλιά ρούχα της μουσικής
που έπαιζε τρομπόνι, δεν είδε τη στροφή του δρόμου.

A band on a provincial coastal road
was performing march. A fourteen-year-old boy,
with a wide hat and old clothes for musicians
playing a trombone, didn’t see the road turn.

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Επτά ποιήματα του Γιώργου Δάγλα

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Τόση έρημος,
λες,
πού πήγε;

Και τώρα δυο κόκκοι άμμου
σ’ αυτήν την κλεψύδρα…

Και τρέχεις έντρομος,
μέσα στη νύχτα
να ψάξεις το ποδήλατο
που σου κλέψανε παιδί.

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Φολέγανδρος

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Δεν θα το δουν τα μάτια μου
εκείνο το νησί. Δεν πρόλαβα…
Με πρόφτασε ο καιρός που χάλασε,
μ΄ εμπόδισε η φουρτούνα που έπιασε.
«Απαγορεύεται ο απόπλους».

Κι αυτή η κακοκαιρία φαίνεται
πως θα κρατάει για πάντα.
Απαγορεύεται η Φολέγανδρος για μένα,
ακόμα κι αν το επιτρέψει η μπουνάτσα
να αμολήσουν τα καράβια.

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Euphemisms of an old lady

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The old lady had never learned anything else in her life except to drop blessings from her lips, as if the blessings sustained her.
Her eyelash colour faded, her face was a mass of wrinkles. ” Daughter, give me the votive candle so I may light it, and may you reign like a queen one
day”.

On Sundays, in the courtyard under the vine, they’d turn on the radio.
“Daughter, bring the radio, and may you pick up soil and have it turned to gold
in your hands”.

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The Bookshop on Saint Andrew’s Street

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It’s no longer there…
a “We’ve Moved” sign placed up high…
some things can’t be moved immediately or afterwards
such as the pages, folded at the edges, to be read less
than to be recollected,
such as the queue in front of the cash register
such as the backbones of saints
I search for the bookshop on Saint Andrew’s Street…
terribly ill by its absence
after all, this is where the hours passed
their hours with me, and the hours search insistently
for that which can’t be moved or migrated,
which oppresses and suspends generations…

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Oath / Όρκος

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He stood at the edge of the old castle’s parapet
below it the hungry abyss and
even lower the gleaming sea
ready to splash its first wave
onto the yellow soft sandy beach

when he raised his arm
as if taking an oath
as if promising to come back
at another time when we’d need
one to stand against
the greed and gluttony of the few
who comfortable and fat
dwelled in their satiation.

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Kiki Dimoula/Κική Δημουλά

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Draw two columns
one for the day’s gains
and one for its losses.

The serious concepts
your bright thoughts and readings
your from one side to the other
unsparing passages
mark on the column of the gains.

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