Περιμένοντας τους βαρβάρους – Barbarları Beklerken – Waiting For The Barbarians/ Constantino KAVAFİS

| March 8, 2015

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Περιμένοντας τους βαρβάρους / Konstandinos Kavafis
Τι περιμένουμε στην αγορά συναθροισμένοι;
    Είναι οι βάρβαροι να φθάσουν σήμερα.
 – Γιατί μέσα στην Σύγκλητο μια τέτοια απραξία;
Τι κάθοντ’ οι Συγκλητικοί και δεν νομοθετούνε;
   Γιατί οι βάρβαροι θα φθάσουν σήμερα.
    Τι νόμους πια θα κάμουν οι Συγκλητικοί;
    Οι βάρβαροι σαν έλθουν θα νομοθετήσουν.
– Γιατί ο αυτοκράτωρ μας τόσο πρωϊ σηκώθη,
και κάθεται στης πόλεως την πιο μεγάλη πύλη
στον θρόνο επάνω, επίσημος, φορώντας την κορώνα;
    Γιατί οι βάρβαροι θα φθάσουν σήμερα.
    Κι ο αυτοκράτωρ περιμένει να δεχθεί
    τον αρχηγό τους. Μάλιστα ετοίμασε
    για να τον δώσει μια περγαμηνή. Εκεί
    τον έγραψε τίτλους πολλούς και ονόματα.
– Γιατί οι δυο μας ύπατοι κ’ οι πραίτωρες εβγήκαν
σήμερα με τες κόκκινες, τες κεντημένες τόγες·
γιατί βραχιόλια φόρεσαν με τόσους αμεθύστους,
και δαχτυλίδια με λαμπρά, γυαλιστερά σμαράγδια·
γιατί να πιάσουν σήμερα πολύτιμα μπαστούνια
μ’ ασήμια και μαλάματα έκτακτα σκαλιγμένα;
    Γιατί οι βάρβαροι θα φθάσουν σήμερα·
    και τέτοια πράγματα θαμπόνουν τους βαρβάρους.
– Γιατί κ’ οι άξιοι ρήτορες δεν έρχονται σαν πάντα
να βγάλουνε τους λόγους τους, να πούνε τα δικά τους;
    Γιατί οι βάρβαροι θα φθάσουν σήμερα·
    κι αυτοί βαρυούντ’ ευφράδειες και δημηγορίες.
– Γιατί ν’ αρχίσει μονομιάς αυτή η ανησυχία
κ’ η σύγχυσις. (Τα πρόσωπα τι σοβαρά που εγίναν).
Γιατί αδειάζουν γρήγορα οι δρόμοι κ’ η πλατέες,
κι όλοι γυρνούν στα σπίτια τους πολύ συλλογισμένοι;
    -Γιατί ενύχτωσε κ’ οι βάρβαροι δεν ήλθαν.
    Και μερικοί έφθασαν απ’ τα σύνορα,
    και είπανε πως βάρβαροι πια δεν υπάρχουν.
-Και τώρα τι θα γένουμε χωρίς βαρβάρους.
Οι άνθρωποι αυτοί ήσαν μια κάποια λύσις.

Barbarları Beklerken / Constantino KAVAFİS
                                                  Türkçe Çevirisi: Cevat Çapan

Neyi bekliyoruz böyle toplanmış pazar yerine?

Bugün barbarlar geliyormuş buraya.

Neden hiç kıpırtı yok senatoda?

Senatörler neden yasa yapmadan oturuyorlar?

Çünkü barbarlar geliyormuş bugün.

Senatörler neden yasa yapsınlar?

Barbarlar geldi mi bir kez, yasaları onlar yapacaklar.

Neden öyle erken kalkmış imparatorumuz,

şehrin en büyük kapısında neden kurulmuş tahtına,

başında tacı, törene hazır?

Çünkü barbarlar geliyormuş bugün,

onların başbuğunu karşılamaya çıkmış imparatorumuz.

Bir de koca ferman hazırlatmış

ona rütbeler, unvanlar bağışlayan.

İki konsülümüzle yargıçlarımız neden böyle

işlemeli, kırmızı kaftanlar giyinip gelmişler?

Neden böyle yakut bilezikler, parlak,

görkemli zümrüt yüzükler takınmışlar?

Ellerinde neden böyle altın,

gümüş kakmalı asalar var?

Çünkü barbarlar geliyormuş bugün,

onların gözlerini kamaştırırmış böyle takılar.

Ünlü konuşmacılarımız nerde peki,

neden herzamanki gibi söylev çekmiyorlar?

Çünkü barbarlar geliyormuş bugün,

onlar pek aldırmazlarmış güzel sözlere.

Neden bu beklenmedik şaşkınlık, bu kargaşa?

(Nasıl da asıldı yüzü herkesin!)

Neden böyle hızla boşalıyor sokaklarla alanlar,

neden herkes dalgın dönüyor evine?

Çünkü hava karardı, barbarlar gelmedi.

ve sınır boyundan dönen habercilere göre,

barbarlar diye kimseler yokmuş artık.

Peki, biz ne yapacağız şimdi barbarlar olmadan?

Bir çeşit çözümdü onlar sorunlarımıza.


Waiting For The  Barbarians / Constantino KAVAFİS

 

-What are we waiting for, assembled in the forum?

The barbarians are due here today.

-Why isn’t anything going on in the senate?

Why are the senators sitting there without legislating?

Because the barbarians are coming today.

What’s the point of senators making laws now?

Once the barbarians are here, they’ll do the legislating.

-Why did our emperor get up so early,

and why is he sitting enthroned at the city’s main gate,

in state, wearing the crown?

Because the barbarians are coming today

and the emperor’s waiting to receive their leader.

He’s even got a scroll to give him,

loaded with titles, with imposing names.

-Why have our two consuls and praetors come out today

wearing their embroidered, their scarlet togas?

Why have they put on bracelets with so many amethysts,

rings sparkling with magnificent emeralds?

Why are they carrying elegant canes

beautifully worked in silver and gold?

Because the barbarians are coming today

and things like that dazzle the barbarians.

-Why don’t our distinguished orators turn up as usual

to make their speeches, say what they have to say?

Because the barbarians are coming today

and they’re bored by rhetoric and public speaking.

-Why this sudden bewilderment, this confusion?

(How serious people’s faces have become.)

Why are the streets and squares emptying so rapidly,

everyone going home lost in thought?

Because night has fallen and the barbarians haven’t come.

and some of our men who have just returned from the border say

there are no barbarians any longer.

Now what’s going to happen to us without barbarians?

Those people were a kind of solution.

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