Pandrossou Street

Jaime Gil de Biedma

Beloved images from Athens.
In the Plaka neighborhood,
Not far from Monastiraki,
An ordinary street lined with shops.
Should any of my friends
Peradventure journey to Greece
And happen to pass by, in the summer to boot,
Let him commend my soul to it. 

It was Monday, the month of August
After an atrocious year, and I had just arrived.
I recall falling in love with life instantly,
For the street smelled
Of cooking and cobbler’s pungent leather

Last updated November 29, 2022