Ritsos, Yiannis – Selected Poems - Search
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
From Selected Poems, tr. N. Stangos (1974)
Come in, Gentlemen - he said. No inconvenience. Look, through
I have nothing to hide. Here's the bedroom, here the study
here the dining-room. Here? - the attic for old things; -
everything wears out, Gentlemen; it's full; everything wears out,
so quickly too, Gentlemen; this? - a thimble; - mother's;
this? mother's oil-lamp, mother's umbrella - she loved me
but this forged identity card? This jewellery somebody else's? the
this theatre ticket? the shirt with holes? blood stains?
and this photograph? his, yes, wearing a woman's hat covered
inscribed to a stranger - his handwriting -
who planted these in here? who planted these in here? Who
planted these in here?