Neo-Hellene Poets, an Anthology of Modern Greek Poetry 1750-2018

Poem by Dimitris Liantinis

SHIELD

When the shield of the sun

descended to the careenage of the west

the face of day melted

mummy thrown into the light.

Trees set traps for the birds

where they bury their height

a ship sinks into the soil

and the beasts of the forest

have gone astray to the mountainous

goat paths.

The procurement of the stars reveals

blood in the ravine

that buzzes naked

slashing the skin of water

the flesh of things

can’t find refuge

in basil.

Linos’ skinned body hangs

over the midnight mast

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