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Yannis Ritsos (born 1 May, 1909; died 11 November, 1990), pictured above in a photograph (dating from the late 1970s, I believe) by Eri Ritsou (© Eri Ritsou, Mpenaki Museum)
Because
Because the buses were stopped in front of the railing  because the dolls in the lighted shop windows gesticulated  because the girl with the bicycle lingered outside the drugstore  because the carpenter broke the glass door of the beer hall  because the child was alone in the elevator with a stolen pencil  because the dogs had abandoned the seaside villas   because the rusty grater had been covered over by nettles  because the sky was ashen with a red fish  because the horse on the mountain was more alone than the star  because these and those both were hunted  because of this, only because of this, I told you lies.

—translated from the Greek by Edmund Keely

Yannis Ritsos (born 1 May, 1909; died 11 November, 1990), pictured above in a photograph (dating from the late 1970s, I believe) by Eri Ritsou (© Eri Ritsou, Mpenaki Museum)

Because

Because the buses were stopped in front of the railing
because the dolls in the lighted shop windows gesticulated
because the girl with the bicycle lingered outside the drugstore
because the carpenter broke the glass door of the beer hall
because the child was alone in the elevator with a stolen pencil
because the dogs had abandoned the seaside villas
because the rusty grater had been covered over by nettles
because the sky was ashen with a red fish
because the horse on the mountain was more alone than the star
because these and those both were hunted
because of this, only because of this, I told you lies.

—translated from the Greek by Edmund Keely