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Half past twelve

by Kyriakos Papageorgiou

Art Print

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Απ’ τες Eννιά
Κ.Π. Καβάφης

Δώδεκα και μισή. Γρήγορα πέρασεν η ώρα
απ’ τες εννιά που άναψα την λάμπα,
και κάθισα εδώ. Κάθουμουν χωρίς να διαβάζω,
και χωρίς να μιλώ. Με ποιόνα να μιλήσω
κατάμονος μέσα στο σπίτι αυτό.

Το είδωλον του νέου σώματός μου,
απ’ τες εννιά που άναψα την λάμπα,
ήλθε και με ηύρε και με θύμισε
κλειστές κάμαρες αρωματισμένες,
και περασμένην ηδονή— τι τολμηρή ηδονή!
Κ’ επίσης μ’ έφερε στα μάτια εμπρός,
δρόμους που τώρα έγιναν αγνώριστοι,
κέντρα γεμάτα κίνησι που τέλεψαν,
και θέατρα και καφενεία που ήσαν μια φορά.

Το είδωλον του νέου σώματός μου
ήλθε και μ’ έφερε και τα λυπητερά·
πένθη της οικογένειας, χωρισμοί,
αισθήματα δικών μου, αισθήματα
των πεθαμένων τόσο λίγο εκτιμηθέντα.

Δώδεκα και μισή. Πώς πέρασεν η ώρα.
Δώδεκα και μισή. Πώς πέρασαν τα χρόνια.

Since Nine O’Clock
C.P. Cavafy

Half past twelve. Time has gone by quickly
since nine o’clock when I lit the lamp
and sat down here. I’ve been sitting without reading,
without speaking. Completely alone in the house,
whom could I talk to?

Since nine o’clock when I lit the lamp
the shade of my young body
has come to haunt me, to remind me
of shut scented rooms,
of past sensual pleasure—what daring pleasure.
And it’s also brought back to me
streets now unrecognizable,
bustling night clubs now closed,
theatres and cafés no longer there.

The shade of my young body
also brought back the things that make us sad:
family grief, separations,
the feelings of my own people, feelings
of the dead so little acknowledged.

Half past twelve. How the time has gone by.
Half past twelve. How the years have gone by.

AbstractPainting

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Angelo Cerantola commented on July 12, 2012 11:17am
great abstraction!
Megstuff commented on July 12, 2012 1:40pm
Wonderful!
Patricia Howitt commented on July 12, 2012 4:42pm
Cool and mysterious ...
Heather Goodwind commented on July 12, 2012 5:59pm
Lovely!
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on July 13, 2012 11:03am
Thank you, very much, dear people! :)
Wayne Edson Bryan commented on July 16, 2012 10:48am
☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆! ;-)
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on July 20, 2012 3:10pm
:)
Iris Lehnhardt commented on July 28, 2012 4:08pm
love this!
gwenola de muralt commented on July 29, 2012 7:01am
beautiful work!
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on July 29, 2012 10:46am
:) thank you!
zumzzet commented on August 3, 2012 9:51am
love it !
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on August 5, 2012 11:15am
cheers, zumzzet
Catspaws commented on September 2, 2012 12:34am
cool
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on September 2, 2012 12:23pm
Thank you, catspaws :)
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on September 5, 2012 9:08am
Thank you, Dale, I appreciate it!
Andre Villanueva commented on September 5, 2012 8:12pm
great piece!
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on September 6, 2012 4:33am
Thank you, Andre :)
kyle skor commented on September 8, 2012 2:17pm
such a striking piece, kyriakos :)
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on September 10, 2012 5:27am
Thank you!
pixel404 commented on November 19, 2012 8:00am
🏆 WIN!
k_c_s commented on February 28, 2013 8:17pm
Another great one!
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on March 1, 2013 5:08pm
Thank you, k_c_s :)
Greg Sieber commented on July 10, 2013 1:37pm
nice!
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on July 10, 2013 2:00pm
Cheers!
© maya lavda / wocado commented on February 15, 2014 12:08pm
εμπνευσμενο.. κ αγαπημένο ποίημα! inspired work..
Kyriakos Papageorgiou commented on February 17, 2014 12:28pm
:)