Ritsos, Yiannis – Selected Poems - One Night
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
From Selected Poems, tr. N. Stangos (1974)
The mansion had been shut up for years,
gradually falling apart - rails, Iocks, balconies; until one night
the whole second floor was suddenly lit,
its eight windows wide open, the two balcony doors open with
The few passers-by stopped and looked up.
Silence. Not a soul. A square lit space. Except,
leaning against the wall, an antique mirror,
with a heavy moulding made of black carved wood, mirroring
the rotten, the converging floor boards to a fantastic depth.