“The Great Enigma” by Stamatis Polenakis (trans. Richard Pierce)

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Goodbye forever to this brief
age of freedom.
Farewell unforgettable days and glorious nights
and leaves swept away by the wind.
We were young, we hoped for nothing
and we waited for tomorrow with the blind obstinacy
of the castaway who throws stones in the water.

Source: Polenakis, Stamatis. “The Great Enigma.” Austerity Measures: The New Greek Poetry, edited by Karen Van Dyck, 2017, p. 233.