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Three Millennia of Greek Literature
 

Cavafy Bilingual Anthology : FINISHED

from Poems 1905-15,  * Translated by Elpenor  * Greek Fonts


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Icon of the Christ and New Testament Reader

N fear and suspicions,

in mind disturbed and frightened eyes,

as we melt down we design how to act

to avoid the danger

the unavoidable thus horribly threatening us.

Yet we err, it isn't this on our way;

false were the messages

(we didn't listen to them or didn't rightly sense).

A different disaster, never imagined,

abrupt, rapid falls upon us,

and unprepared as we are - now no time left - tears us apart.

Τελειωμένα

Μέσα στν φόβο κα στς ποψίες,

μ ταραγμένο νο κα τρομαγμένα μάτια,

λυώνουμε κα σχεδιάζουμε τ πς ν κάμουμε

γι ν' ποφύγουμε τν βέβαιο

τν κίνδυνο πο τσι φρικτ μς πειλε.

Κι μως λανθάνουμε, δν εν' ατς στν δρόμο·

ψεύτικα σαν τ μηνύματα

( δν τ' κούσαμε, δν τ νοιώσαμε καλά).

λλη καταστροφή, πο δν τν φανταζόμεθαν,

ξαφνική, ραγδαία πέφτει πάνω μας,

κι νέτοιμους - πο πι καιρς - μς συνεπαίρνει.


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