Treasure Island

Nikos Gatsos

(8 December 1911 – 12 May 1992 / Asea in Arcadia)

Poems of Nikos Gatsos

1. Rosewater 12/6/2003
2. Song Of Old Times 12/8/2011

Rosewater

When you reach that other world, don't become a cloud,
don't become a cloud, and the bitter star of dawn,
so that your mother knows you, waiting at her door.
Take a wand of willow, a root of rosemary,
a root of rosemary, and be a moonlit coolness
falling in the midnight in your thirsting courtyard.
I gave you rosewater to drink, you gave me poison,
eaglet of the frost, hawk of the desert.

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