In The Sea Caves

Poem By Giorgos Seferis

In the sea caves
there's a thirst there's a love
there's an ecstasy
all hard like shells
you can hold them in your palm.

In the sea caves
for whole days I gazed into your eyes
and I didn't know you nor did you know me.

Untitled poem drawn from the Book of Exercises. All translations by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

Comments about In The Sea Caves

So very Hellenic and sad.
Very beautifully.... Tsira
wondrous beauty! simple and beautiful! remain me of Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture! could you read and comment on my poems too? thank you.

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