As I Walked Out One Evening (W.H. Auden)


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Είδα χτες σε DVD το Before Sunrise (1995, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy), αφού πρωθύστερα είχα δει προπροχτές το Before Sunset (2004). Κι αν δεν τα έχετε δει, να τα νοικιάσετε και να τα δείτε με την κανονική σειρά. Στο Before Sunrise απαγγέλλει ο Χοκ μερικές αράδες από το παρακάτω ποίημα του Όντεν και, επειδή δεν έχω ως τώρα καταθέσει αγαπημένα μου ποιήματα, να κάνω την αρχή.

As I Walked Out One Evening
by W.H. Auden 

As I walked out one evening,
   Walking down Bristol Street,
The crowds upon the pavement
   Were fields of harvest wheat.

And down by the brimming river
   I heard a lover sing
Under an arch of the railway:
   'Love has no ending.

'I'll love you, dear, I'll love you
   Till China and Africa meet,
And the river jumps over the mountain
   And the salmon sing in the street,

'I'll love you till the ocean
   Is folded and hung up to dry
And the seven stars go squawking
   Like geese about the sky.

'The years shall run like rabbits,
   For in my arms I hold
The Flower of the Ages,
   And the first love of the world.'

But all the clocks in the city
   Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
   You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare
   Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
   And coughs when you would kiss.

'In headaches and in worry
   Vaguely life leaks away,
And Time will have his fancy
   To-morrow or to-day.

'Into many a green valley
   Drifts the appalling snow;
Time breaks the threaded dances
   And the diver's brilliant bow.

'O plunge your hands in water,
   Plunge them in up to the wrist;
Stare, stare in the basin
   And wonder what you've missed.

'The glacier knocks in the cupboard,
   The desert sighs in the bed,
And the crack in the tea-cup opens
   A lane to the land of the dead.

'Where the beggars raffle the banknotes
   And the Giant is enchanting to Jack,
And the Lily-white Boy is a Roarer,
   And Jill goes down on her back.

'O look, look in the mirror,
   O look in your distress:
Life remains a blessing
   Although you cannot bless.

'O stand, stand at the window
   As the tears scald and start;
You shall love your crooked neighbour
   With your crooked heart.'

It was late, late in the evening,
   The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
   And the deep river ran on.

From Another Time by W.H. Auden, published by Random House. Copyright © 1940 W.H. Auden, renewed by The Estate of W.H. Auden. Used by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd.


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Έχω δει μόνο το Before Sunset (στο σινεμά - βλέπε σχετικό χωρίο παρακάτω!) και το βρήκα κάπως flat από πλευράς πλοκής. Βέβαια η Julie Delpy είναι η πιο αγαπημένη μου Γαλλίδα ηθοποιός και άξιζε μόνο για εκείνη...

People sometimes say that the way things happen in the movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen to you in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television – you don't feel anything.

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