Thursday, February 14, 2013

bring the flowers iii

Because I deeply praised and trusted earth
and did not spread my secret wings in flight
but rooted in the stillness all my mind,
the spring again has risen to my thirst,
the dancing spring of life, my own joy's spring.

Because I never questioned how and when
but plunged my thought into each passing hour
as though its boundless goal lay hidden there,
no matter if I live in calm or storm,
the rounded moment shimmers in my mind,
the fruit falls from the sky, falls deep inside me.

Angelos Sikelianos
Because I Deeply Praised
Edmund Keeley and
  Philip Sherrard, translation
The Greek Poets
  Homer to the Present
op. cit.


  1. Thank you for this gorgeous fragment, sleepily ingested this grey morning. I do hope you'll forgive me if I post it on that vulgar little Facebook; I feel compelled to "share".


    1. Thank you for being generous with this Valentine.