Many Greek poets and writers were influenced by the ideas of Christian religion. Read the following poems of the famous Greek poet Nikiforos Vrettakos

A smaller world


(Diary, translated by Rick Μ. Newton)

Ι seek a shore where Ι can fence in
a patch of the horizon with
trees or reeds. Where, gathering infinity,
Ι can have the sense that: there are nο machines
or very few; there are nο soldiers
or very few; there are nο weapons
or very few, and those few aimed at the exit
of the forests with wolves; or that there are nο merchants
or very few at remote
points οn the earth where
paved roads have not yet been laid.
God hopes that
at least in the poets' sobs paradise will never cease to exist.

The field of words

(translated by Marjorie Chambers)
Like the bee round a wild
flower, so am Ι. Ι prowl
continuously around the word.
Ι thank the long lines
of ancestors who moulded the voice.
Cutting it into links, they made
meanings. Like smelters they
forged it into gold and it became
Homer, Aeschylus, the Gospels
and other jewels.
With the thread
of words, this gold
from gold, which comes from the depths
of my heart, Ι am linked, Ι take part in
the world.
Consider:
Ι said and wrote, "Ι love."



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