3 Αυγ 2008

"Sotiris Pastakas : The Isle Of Chios (2002)" [Translated by Yannis Goumas - 2008]


Ever since you left, I know
how I forwent my loneliness.
I carry you always with me
and see things with your own eyes.

Peculiar prison!
You left me with a roomy space
and tied down time!

*

You didn’t want for us to rhyme.

You left me with blank verse…

*

As long as you are away from me,
I’m afraid of halitosis,
black-rimmed finger- and toenails,
and body odour
that you are so sweetly set to amend.
I fear that any time now
you will master the high-level erotic
art, sometimes achieved

only by women who have never fallen in love.

*

Three months of passion.
Six in all
of erotic worth, and another two
when we weren’t speaking…

How much time have we left
that we won’t start
our story all over again?

*

I want us to walk together
somewhere central, in the sunshine,
on a holiday
in the square of Nea Smyrni.
Keeping in step with another
means love.

Woe betide anyone
if he remains one step behind
those who hasten on!