The Boy and the sea

Σῶμα τοῦ καλοκαιριοῦ

Ὢ σῶμα τοῦ καλοκαιριοῦ γυμνὸ καμμένο
Φαγωμένο ἀπὸ τὸ λάδι κι ἀπὸ τὸ ἀλάτι
Σῶμα τοῦ βράχου καὶ ῥῖγος τῆς καρδιᾶς
Μεγάλο ἀνέμισμα τῆς κόμης λυγαριᾶς
Ἄχνα βασιλικοῦ πάνω ἀπὸ τὸ σγουρὸ ἐφηβαῖο
Γεμᾶτο ἀστράκια καὶ πευκοβελόνες
Σῶμα βαθὺ πλεούμενο τῆς μέρας!

Body of summer

O body of summer, naked, burnt
Eaten away by oil and salt
Body of rock and shudder of the heart
Great ruffling wind in the osier hair
Beneath of basil above the curly pubic mound
Full of stars and pine needles
Body , deep vessel of the day!

Poseidon was the Greek god of the sea.  Drawing inspiration by Odysseus Elytis’ poem Body of summer, this is Poseidon’s journey into becoming human and a tribute to the sea.


* Location is Sounion, Athens underneath Poseidon’s temple.

* The translation of the poem is by Edmund Keeley  and Philip Sherrard.