Friday, May 9, 2008

The Shadows of Birds: 25

Yannis Ritsos

Maybe deaf-mutes — we said—
speak in a different manner
hear in a different manner
for instance
an insect sometimes stops
but doesn't fly off
suspecting us of
a secret intimacy
or how forgotten toast
burns in the kitchen
but blackens the entire house
with its odor.

Athens—May 9, 1980

from The Shadows of Birds (1980) [Collected Poems: IDelta ---pg 349-353]

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