Yannis Ritsos – Poems, Volume III


Strong sun reflections on the clean window panes

criss-crossing each other, the chimney of the small

house supplemented by the arias of the cicadas;

the sunlit sea was climbing up the road during

the high noon and was washing away paper bags,

watermelon seeds, newspapers; the afternoon was

empty. Nothing was left in the houses but the honorable

swaying of the white curtain and a sweaty handkerchief

on the big warm bed. 



Katerina Anghelaki Rooke – Selected Poems


                             For Timothy

                                       But is there any comfort to be found?

                                       Man is in love and loves what vanishes.

                                       What more is there to say?

                                                                             ~W.B. Yeats  


I saw you among the leaves

in the waters

in the light of the leaves

in the leaves of the waters

in the moon’s reflection in the water

I saw you in the lakes, in waterfalls

in the lakes that light creates

in the waterfalls where light tumbles

the light encircling your body.

You were coming to the opening of the trees

walking, floating

over dewdrops

over smooth shining caresses

in the insubordinate black of the night…

ah, the night steams behind your shoulders

steams on wings

and a mysterious triangle shines

on your chest: dazzling target

of beauty.

From the grassy areas to the haired tops

up high to the crowns

of the superior branches  

the highest frieze of lunacy

in nature

the voices of the moth corpses

to the spring of springs

the unbearable bird of sorrow

I hear with your voice

that rises from the depths

where the bile and the soul

in one voice refuse to die.

Everything that’s yours raves

in the thickets, in the grassy empires

of the dreams

in the glorious silence of the ivy

in the silent syncope of the fern

the vinous fainting of the autumn leaves.

Your meaning gushes out:

that no life

is stronger than lust

no act more final

than poetry.

There where you touched me

where I flowered

where I almost died

from where I call you

adorning your other nature

there where I was crucified

where I suffered

for your fairy-like grace

there where Eros was light

but with heavy consequence for the water.

Untamed in the ruling of reality

tell me, how I might see you again

coming out to the opening of the trees

with your thin legs

wrapped in wisterias

with the sperm of birds

in the roots of your hair

you who brings the sky

that I spent hours gazing out the window

the crows shifting their nests

you who speaks the words

that resemble wild marigolds on the hillside

you whose shining lips-speech

you the superior being

of poetry in the creak.


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



Much do I long for rainy autumn

with its large and heavy raindrops

its withering of leaves and sadness of the dusk

that once intoxicated me.

The heat of summer burns me

with its high noon sun

and its clear diaphanous skies

while my heart craves the pure north wind

and hail to fall among dry leaves.

Then I shall stoop silently

like the sundown

sweetly to recall, who knows…

the last summer, like a far-off violin

that dives like a whisper in my heart.


Τάκης Βαρβιτσιώτης, Λευκή αθανασία

Βίκυ Παπαπροδρόμου: ό,τι πολύ αγάπησα (ποίηση, πεζογραφία & μουσική)

Λευκή αθανασία

Οι λάμπες αποκοιμήθηκαν

Ένα παιδάκι κλεισμένο σ’ ένα κουτί
Θυμάται την τρυφερότητα
Και κλαίει

Ήρθε ο καιρός να κατοικήσουμε
Σε τάφους που έγιναν μαργαριτάρια

Ίσκιε αγνέ
Που αναπάλλεσαι
Μέσα στο χιόνι απ’ τα δάχτυλά μου
Προσφέροντας ένα στόμα χρωματισμένο
Με τη σιωπή

Πυκνή μυστική παρουσία

Δε θέλω πια
Μήτε το αίμα του καθρέφτη σου
Μήτε των γιασεμιών το αίμα

Από τη συλλογή Φύλλα ύπνου (1949) του Τάκη Βαρβιτσιώτη

Πηγή: συγκεντρωτική έκδοση Τάκης Βαρβιτσιώτης, Ποιήματα 1941-2002 (2003)

Οι ποιητές της Θεσσαλονίκης τον 20ό αιώνα και ως σήμερα (ανθολογία) / Τάκης Βαρβιτσιώτης

View original post