Classics@10: Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard, Drinking the Sun of Corinth

Drinking the Sun of Corinth

Odysseas Elytis, translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
Drinking the sun of Corinth
Reading the marble ruins
Striding across vineyards and seas
Sighting along the harpoon
A votive fish that slips away
I found the leaves that the sun’s psalm memorizes
The living land that passion joys in opening.
I drink water, cut fruit,
Thrust my hand into the wind’s foliage
The lemon trees water the summer pollen
The green birds tear my dreams
I leave with a glance
A wide glance in which the world is recreated
Beautiful from the beginning to the dimensions of the heart!