Let me come with you. What a moon there is tonight!
The moon is kind – it won’t show
that my hair turned white. The moon
will turn my hair to gold again. You wouldn’t understand.
Let me come with you.
When there’s a moon the shadows in the house grow larger,
invisible hands draw the curtains,
a ghostly finger writes forgotten words in the dust
on the piano – I don’t want to hear them. Hush.
Verses long forgotten come to mind. From the poem by Yannis Ritsos (1909-1990), Η σονάτα του σεληνόφωτος / Moonlight sonata.
As always in poetry, nuance is lost in translation. But it is this or none at all.
October 16th, 2016
2 thoughts on “Moonlight Sonata”
What a lovely poem! Perfect for a Spring Sunday morning.
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It adapts to all times and seasons 🙂 Perfect for today too, a dark a rainy morning.