27 June 2012

summer grass






dry-dry summer grass       ©fourteenth
















Stranger, tell the people of *Lacedaemon
That we who lie here obeyed their commands.



Book 7, Ch. 228
Herodotus














*Lacedaemon is the ancient name for Sparta












26 June 2012

Let us be...a poem by Hafiz







©fourteenth














Let us be like

Two falling stars in the day sky.


Let no one know of our sublime beauty

As we hold hands with God

And burn


Into a sacred existence that defies -

That surpasses


Every description of ecstasy

And love.


Hafiz




for {you}















24 June 2012










rock wall
©fourteenth








The beginning often holds the clue to everything that follows.

John O' Donohue

















19 June 2012

light tree


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light tree

















κοίλον














©fourteenth

 κοίλον













...shade that quivers to the changeful breeze,
Or the cave's shelter.


Virgil














O Little Root of a Dream













©fourteenth







                        O little root of a dream 
                        you hold me here 
                        undermined by blood, 
                        no longer visible to anyone, 
                        property of death.

                        Curve a face
                        that there may be speech, of earth, 
                        of ardor, of
                        things with eyes, even
                        here, where you read me blind,

                        even 
                        here, 
                        where you 
                        refute me, 
                        to the letter.

                        Paul Celan






17 June 2012

silence








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οἱ ψυχές









© Χρήστος Μαρκίδης, από τη σειρά Ημεροδρόμιο




©Χρήστος Μαρκίδης











Μὰ τί γυρεύουν οἱ ψυχές μας ταξιδεύοντας
πάνω σὲ καταστρώματα κατελυμένων καραβιῶν
στριμωγμένες μὲ γυναῖκες κίτρινες καὶ μωρὰ ποὺ κλαῖνε
χωρὶς νὰ μποροῦν νὰ ξεχαστοῦν οὔτε μὲ τὰ χελιδονόψαρα
οὔτε μὲ τ᾿ ἄστρα ποὺ δηλώνουν στὴν ἄκρη τὰ κατάρτια.
Τριμμένες ἀπὸ τοὺς δίσκους τῶν φωνογράφων
δεμένες ἄθελα μ᾿ ἀνύπαρχτα προσκυνήματα
μουρμουρίζοντας σπασμένες σκέψεις ἀπὸ ξένες γλῶσσες.
Μὰ τί γυρεύουν οἱ ψυχές μας ταξιδεύοντας
πάνω στὰ σαπισμένα θαλάσσια ξύλα
ἀπὸ λιμάνι σὲ λιμάνι;

Γιῶργος Σεφέρης - «Μυθιστόρημα»



                  ☉



What are they after, our souls, travelling
on the decks of decayed ships
crowded in with sallow women and crying babies
unable to forget themselves either with the flying fish
or with the stars that the masts point out at their tips;
grated by gramophone records
committed to non-existent pilgrimages unwillingly
murmuring broken thoughts from foreign languages.

What are they after, our souls, travelling
on rotten brine-soaked timbers
from harbour to harbour?

George Seferis, Mythistorema









15 June 2012

the one word that will protect you...









©fourteenth



















I would like to give you the silver
branch, the small white flower, the one
word that will protect you
from the grief at the center
of your dream, from the grief
at the center.

Margaret Atwood










13 June 2012

warm trees








©fourteenth












η εικόνα είναι το γεγονός


Χάρης Βλαβιανός












up to the light





©fourteenth








Οὐκ ἐμεῦ ἀλλὰ τοῦ λόγου ἀκούσαντας ὁμολογέειν σοφόν ἐστι, ἓν πάντα εἶναι. 

ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΤΟΣ





It is wise for those who hear, not me, but the universal Reason, to confess that all things are one.

 Heracletus 







12 June 2012

greece








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Χῶρες τοῦ ἥλιου καὶ δὲν μπορεῖτε ν᾿ ἀντικρίσετε τὸν ἥλιο.
Χῶρες τοῦ ἀνθρώπου καὶ δὲν μπορεῖτε ν᾿ ἀντικρίσετε τὸν ἄνθρωπο.

Γ. Σεφέρης

















11 June 2012

(with brightness of peace)







©fourteenth

... (with brightness of peace)














love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places


yes is a world
& in this world
of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds

 e. e. cummings




(with thanks to the exceptional blog
love is a place
for inspiration on the title.)












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