86 - Commemorate East

N. Lygeros
Translated from the Greek by Angeliki Papadopoulou

My gaze is waiting for you
and sky is crying,
my thirst wants you
and your sea burns.

Oriental view
playing the kanun,
and tears instead of drink
filling glass.

My thought is missing you
and your mountains tremble,
my memory desires you
and your children run.

So I’m taking the baglama
and cast with care
old rebetika penury
and drink the poison.