A Clerk


Kostas Karyotakis

The hours have faded me, found once again

leaning across the thankless table.

(The sun slips through the window in the wall

facing me, and plays.)

Doubled up, I grope for breath

in the dust of all my papers.

(Life pulses sweetly and its thousand voices rise up

from the freedom of the street.)

My eyes and mind are weary and disturbed,

but still I write.

(I know that in the vase here beside me are two glowing lilies.

As if they've come up from a tomb.)

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