30.8.07

Δημουλά πάντα...

Άφησα να μην ξέρω - Κική Δημουλά


Aπό τον κόσμο των γρίφων
φεύγω ήσυχη.
Δεν έχω βλάψει στη ζωή μου αίνιγμα:
δεν έλυσα κανένα.
Oύτε κι αυτά που θέλαν να πεθάνουν
πλάι στα παιδικά μου χρόνια:
έχω ένα βαρελάκι που 'χει δυο λογιών κρασάκι.
Tο κράτησα ώς τώρα
αχάλαστο ανεξήγητο,
γιατί ώς τώρα
δυο λογιών κρασάκι
έχουν λυμένα κι άλυτα που μου τυχαίνουν.
Συμβίωσα σκληρά
μ' έναν ψηλό καλόγερο που κόκαλα δεν έχει
και δεν τον ρώτησα ποτέ
ποιας φωτιάς γιος είναι,
σε ποιο θεό ανεβαίνει και μου φεύγει.

Δεν του λιγόστεψα του κόσμου
τα προσωπιδοφόρα πλάσματά του,
του ανάθρεψα του κόσμου το μυστήριο
με θυσία και με στέρηση.
Mε το αίμα που μου δόθηκε
για να τον εξηγήσω.
Ό,τι ήρθε με δεμένα μάτια
και σκεπασμένη πρόθεση
έτσι το δέχτηκα
κι έτσι τ' αποχωρίστηκα:
με δεμένα μάτια και σκεπασμένη πρόθεση.
Aίνιγμα δανείστηκα,
αίνιγμα επέστρεψα.
Άφησα να μην ξέρω
πώς λύνεται ένα χθες,
ένα εξαρτάται,
το αίνιγμα των ασυμπτώτων.
Άφησα να μην ξέρω τι αγγίζω,
ένα πρόσωπο ή ένα βιάζομαι.

Oύτε κι εσένα σε παρέσυρα στο φως
να σε διακρίνω.
Στάθηκα Πηνελόπη
στη σκοτεινή ολιγωρία σου.
Kι αν ρώτησα καμιά φορά πώς λύνεσαι,
πηγή αν είσαι ή κρήνη,
θα 'ταν κάποια καλοκαιριάτικη ημέρα
που, Πηνελόπες και όχι,
μας κυριεύει αυτός ο δαίμων του νερού
για να δοξάζεται το αίνιγμα
πώς μένουμε αξεδίψαστοι.
Aπό τον κόσμο των γρίφων
φεύγω ήσυχη.
Aναμάρτητη:
αξεδίψαστη.
Στο αίνιγμα του θανάτου
πάω ψυχωμένη.

28.8.07

Dimoula - only in Greek

Αυτοσυντήρηση

Θα πρέπει να ήταν άνοιξη
γιατί η μνήμη αυτή
υπερπηδώντας παπαρούνες έρχεται.
Εκτός εάν η νοσταλγία
από πολύ βιασύνη,
παραγνώρισ' ενθυμούμενο.
Μοιάζουνε τόσο μεταξύ τους όλα
όταν τα πάρει ο χαμός.
Αλλά μπορεί να'ναι ξένο αυτό το φόντο,
να'ναι παπαρούνες δανεισμένες
από μιάν άλλην ιστορία,
δική μου ή ξένη.
Τα κάνει κάτι τέτοια η αναπόληση.
Από φιλοκαλία κι έπαρση.

Όμως θα πρέπει να 'ταν άνοιξη
γιατί και μέλισσες βλέπω
να πετούν γύρω απ' αυτή τη μνήμη,
με περιπάθεια και πίστη
να συνωστίζονται στον κάλυκά της.
Εκτός αν είναι ο οργασμός
νόμος του παρελθόντος,
μηχανισμός του ανεπανάληπτου.
Αν μένει πάντα κάποια γύρις
στα τελειωμένα πράγματα
για την επικονίαση
της εμπειρίας, της λύπης
και της ποίησης.

25.8.07

quoting again

"Whatever dies, was not mix'd equally; If our two loves be one, or thou and I Love so alike that none can slacken, none can die...."
-John Donne

10.8.07

the Becket fixation


I believe him, I know it's my only chance to -- my only chance, I believe all I'm told, I've disbelieved only too much in my long life, now I swallow everything, greedily. What I need now is stories, it took me a long time to know that, and I'm not sure of it.
--Molloy, Part I

Saying is inventing. Wrong, very rightly wrong. You invent nothing, you think you are inventing, you think you are escaping, and all you do is stammer out your lesson, the remnants of a pensum one day got by heart and long forgotten, life without tears, as it is wept.
--Molloy, Part I

Decidedly it will never have been given to me to finish anything, except perhaps breathing. One must not be greedy.
--Malone Dies

And all these questions I ask myself. It is not in a spirit of curiosity. I cannot be silent. About myself I need know nothing. Here all is clear. No, all is not clear. But the discourse must go on. So one invents obscurities. Rhetoric.
--The Unnamable

We are all born mad. Some remain so.
--Waiting for Godot




Dimoula for ever

Κική Δημουλά, χλόη θερμοκηπίου

ΑΕΡΟΓΕΦΥΡΕΣ

Χάθηκες

πού στριφογυρνάς;

Πέρνα καμιά φορά από τον ύπνο μου

συνήθως είμαι εκεί

εκτός αν κλαίει το φεγγάρι

οπότε βγαίνω στο μπαλκόνι

το διότι να ρωτήσω τι συμβαίνει.

Πέρνα καμιά φορά.

Μπες από το πλάι στάσου

κάτω από το γεφυράκι της παλάμης μου

απ’ όπου ήσυχα κυλάω.

Εκτός αν έχει ολότελα μαυρίσει το νερό

αν ψόφησαν κι οι πέτρες

αν έχει μολυνθεί και ο βυθός

οπότε θα με βρεις

στου σεντονιού τις όχθες.

Μη φοβάσαι.

Πάρε μαζί σου αν θες για σιγουριά

και την απαίτηση να μη σ’ αγγίξω διόλου

ανανέωσε και τη ληγμένη άδεια

να σε κοιτώ

και σου υπόσχομαι

εγκαίρως να ξυπνήσω

ώστε να μη σε πάρει είδηση

ο ύπνος σου ότι λείπεις.


TSE The Waste Land

S'io credesse che mia risposta fosse

A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,

Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.

Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo

Non torno vivo alcun, s'i'odo il vero,

Senza tema d'infamia ti rispondo.

Let us go then, you and I,

When the evening is spread out against the sky

Like a patient etherised upon a table;

Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,

The muttering retreats

Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels

And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:

Streets that follow like a tedious argument

Of insidious intent

To lead you to an overwhelming question. . .

Oh, do not ask, "What is it?"

Let us go and make our visit.

In the room the women come and go

Talking of Michelangelo.

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window -panes

The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes

Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening

Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,

Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,

Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,

And seeing that it was a soft October night,

Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

And indeed there will be time

For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,

Rubbing its back upon the window-panes;

There will be time, there will be time

To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;

There will be time to murder and create,

And time for all the works and days of hands

That lift and drop a question on your plate;

Time for you and time for me,

And time yet for a hundred indecisions

And for a hundred visions and revisions,

Before the taking of a toast and tea.

In the room the women come and go

Talking of Michelangelo.

And indeed there will be time

To wonder, "Do I dare?" and, "Do I dare?"

Time to turn back and descend the stair,

With a bald spot in the middle of my hair --

[They will say: "How his hair is growing thin!"]

My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,

My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin --

[They will say: "But how his arms and legs are thin!"]

Do I dare

Disturb the universe?

In a minute there is time

For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

For I have known them all already, known them all: --

Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;

I know the voices dying with a dying fall

Beneath the music from a farther room.

So how should I presume?

And I have known the eyes already, known them all --

The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,

And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,

When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,

Then how should I begin

To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?

And how should I presume?

And I have known the arms already, known them all --

Arms that are braceleted and white and bare

[But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!]

Is it perfume from a dress

That makes me so digress?

Arms that lie along a table, or wrap about a shawl.

And should I then presume?

And how should I begin?

...

Shall I say, I have gone at dusk through narrow streets

And watched the smoke that rises from the pipes

Of lonely men in shirt-sleeves, leaning out of windows? ...

I should have been a pair of ragged claws

Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.

...

And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully!

Smoothed by long fingers,

Asleep. tired ... or it malingers,

Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.

Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,

Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?

But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,

Though I have seen my head [grown slightly bald] brought in upon a platter,

I am no prophet -- and here's no great matter;

I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,

And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,

And in short, I was afraid.

And would it have been worth it, after all,

After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,

Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,

Would it have been worthwhile,

To have bitten off the matter with a smile,

To have squeezed the universe into a ball

To roll it toward some overwhelming question,

To say: "I am Lazarus, come from the dead,

Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all" --

If one, settling a pillow by her head,

Should say, "That is not what I meant at all.

That is not it, at all."

And would it have been worth it, after all,

Would it have been worthwhile,

After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,

After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along

the floor --

And this, and so much more? –

It is impossible to say just what I mean!

But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:

Would it have been worthwhile

If one, settling a pillow or throwing off a shawl,

And turning toward the window, should say:

"That is not it at all,

That is not what I meant, at all."

...

No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;

Am an attendant lord, one that will do

To swell a progress, start a scene or two

Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,

Deferential, glad to be of use,

Politic, cautious, and meticulous;

Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;

At times, indeed, almost ridiculous --

Almost, at times, the Fool.

I grow old ... I grow old ...

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves

Combing the white hair of the waves blown back

When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

T.S. Eliot

Winterson - Lighthouse Keeping

I was cold and tired and my neck ached. I wanted to sleep and sleep and never wake up. I had lost the few things I knew, and what was here belonged to somebody else. Perhaps that would have been all right if what was inside me was my own, but there was no place to anchor.

There were two Atlantics; one outside the lighthouse, and one inside me.

The one inside me had no string of guiding lights.


Random lines


Edna St Vincent Millay
From The Harp-Weaver


I shall go back again to the bleak shore
And build a little shanty on the sand
In such a way that the extremest band
Of brittle seaweed will escape my door
But by a yard or two, and nevermore
Shall I return to take you by the hand;
I shall be gone to what I understand
And happier than I ever was before.
The love that stood a moment in your eyes,
The words that lay a moment on your tongue,
Are one with all that in a moment dies,
A little under-said and over-sung;
But I shall find the sullen rocks and skies
Unchanged from what they were when I was young.