If Only I Had The Immortal's Potion

by Yiannis Ritsos

Yiannis Ritsos

If only I had the immortals' potion if only I had
A new soul to give you, if only you’d wake for a moment,

To see and to speak and delight in the whole of your dream
Standing right there by your side, next to you, bursting with life.

Roadways and public places, balconies, lanes in an uproar,
young maidens are picking flowers to sprinkle on your hair.

My fragrant forest full of tens of thousands of roots and leaves,
how can I the ill-fated believe I can ever lose you?

My son, all things have vanished and abandoned me back here
I have no eyes and cannot see, no mouth to let me speak.

Last updated June 21, 2015