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IF YOU TAKE THIS PATH

IF YOU TAKE THIS PATH

Petros Cherkezis
23 May, 2024

If you take this path,

if you climb this rugged canyon,

like a thief's sword cut,

which ends in Vostina,

don't forget please don't forget

to wave a bouquet of flowers.                                                                                         

A handful of lilies shout of triumph,

lightning glances shooting the air,

to clear the cloudy sky of despair.

Don't forget, these are ships with keys

unlock the locked memory.

 

From here the Pogonisians went beyond,

in the sung Jannena,

in Arta and Patras with galanada and starlings, and our fathers with a sack of goods

and a sack of lust

they were taking the longed-for path of the heart                                    

to the homeland.                                                                                                               

 

Motherland, my sweet mother, sunny homeland,                                                                     

black curse was the one that brought down the bridges,                                                            

that divided our country, drugged our language                                 

and time still stutters.                                                                                      

My mountains, divine thrones of the Dodonian Zeus,                                                        

bring all the open ones that the winters have eaten                                          

to lay them down for the heroic mothers to pass through.                                                                        

A bouquet of amaranth tribute to the fathers                                      

and two flaming wheels on the blackscarves,                              

to the Virgins of Epirus who nursed with the blood                                            

the orphans of pain                                                                                                                         

and they held the roof of our house on their shoulders.                                                                                                          

 

With two white tulips betrothed to expectation,                                                              

open the black mazes blocked by the storm.

If you continue the path, the journey if you continue further,                

don't forget to greet us with a clarinet sigh                                                      

the "black swallows from the meadow", circling                    

in the drunken air.                                                                                

 

And if you go out to Ioannina in the evening

and if you see Pamvotida running wild,

with glimpses strange, distant,                                       

throw there also a salicy rose from the moon's bakhtshes                       

to calm the stormy memory.

 

If you see the plane trees shaking happily

whispering birbilly, birbilly,

be sure the sunrise

the buds of hope budded

with the eternal dream of freedom,                       

our world broke the coffin of oblivion.                                                                          

If you take this path                                                            

you will embrace the lavender sun                                                              

in the blessed land of the Promise!

 

 

 

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