Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Shadows of Birds: 58

Yannis Ritsos

The musicians left
the last spotlight was shut off
over the stage on Stadio
there were only
flocks of paper birds
paper boats
and we with that restraint
hands in our pockets
so many stars on the street
so many cigarettes
Vassilis Panos Giannes
after midnight
the silent and the dead
folded blankets
under their arms
cast a glance down Stadio
and left once more.

Agrinion—May 31, 1980

from The Shadows of Birds (1980) [Collected Poems: IDelta ---pg 370]

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