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While the Greek Music Lasts
Sunday, June 25, 2017




I have written before here on the idea of associating the beautiful face of a woman with that of Helen of Troy. Now there is this haunting portrait of my friend from the old Railway Club in Vancouver called Caroline Matthews. She had that face- a face of seemingly impossible and exquisite beauty. Her voice was just right and her smiles genuine. How could one person be all that? She wore miniskirts and many times when we arrived for our Thursday lunches with journalists, photographer, illustrators, writers and artists she would be up on a stepladder watering the plants by the long window. I can attest to the given of her shapely legs, etc.

This time around I wanted to find a reference to Helen of Troy that I had not used before. The poem by Jorge Luís Borges below is lovely but alas there is no translation. It is about Greek music. It is neat and timely that today, two blocks from our Kitsilano house, they are celebrating Greek Day on West Broadway.

The poem begins:
While the music lasts we will deserve the love of Helen of Troy


Música griega – Jorge Luís Borges
     
     Mientras dure esta música,
     seremos dignos del amor de Helena de Troya.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     seremos dignos de haber muerto en Arbela.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     creeremos en el libre albedrío,
     esa ilusión de cada instante.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     sabremos que la nave de Ulises volverá a Itaca.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     seremos la palabra y la espada.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     seremos dignos del cristal y de la caoba,
     de la nieve y del mármol.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     seremos dignos de las cosas comunes,
     que ahora no lo son.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     seremos en el aire la flecha.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     creeremos en la misericordia del lobo
     y en la justicia de los justos.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     mereceremos tu gran voz Walt Whitman.
     Mientras dure esta música,
     mereceremos haber visto, desde una cumbre,
     la tierra prometida. -




     

Previous Posts
Is She The Duchesse?

Contra el blanco velamen de las sábanas

Abraham Darby - Three Men & an Over the Top Rose

A Woman's Superior Imagination

El Mosquitero

Doctor Pat McGeer - The Basketball Player

The State of Being Alone

Red

Grace & Elegance

I hoed and trenched and weeded



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12/25/16 - 1/1/17

1/1/17 - 1/8/17

1/8/17 - 1/15/17

1/15/17 - 1/22/17

1/22/17 - 1/29/17

1/29/17 - 2/5/17

2/5/17 - 2/12/17

2/12/17 - 2/19/17

2/19/17 - 2/26/17

2/26/17 - 3/5/17

3/5/17 - 3/12/17

3/12/17 - 3/19/17

3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17