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The Axion Esti (Excerpt) (ODYSSEAS ELYTES)

The Axion Esti (Excerpt) (ODYSSEAS ELYTES)

And since he thought it beautiful for each to be in another’s

embrace

the large watering troughs filled with love

the cattle lowered their heads gently, oxen and cows

as though the world held no temptations

as though knives were yet unknown

“To endure peace you need strength,” he said

and circling about himself with palms open he sowed

iris, crocuses, bluebells

all variety of earthly stars

and cut into one leaf of each, as a mark of their origin,

their superiority and strength:

this world

this small, this great world!

 

 

 

FROM AXION ESTI: THE GENESIS

Odysseas Elytes



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