Audible and Inaudible


A sudden, unexpected movement; his hand
clutched the wound to stop the bleeding,
though we had not heard the gunburst at all
or the whistling of the bullet. A short time later
he lowered his hand and smiled;
but again slowly he placed his palm
on that same spot, pulled out his wallet,
paid the waiter politely, and went out.
Just then the small coffee cup cracked by itself.
That at least we heard clearly.


                   Greek; trans. Minas Savvas


Yannis Ritsos, Greek, trans. Minas Savvas, Peculiar Gestures: Collection of Poems, Seaburn Books, 2002.