Euripides the Athenian ... by Seferis

He grew old between the fires of Troy
and the quarries of Sicily.

He liked sea-shore caves and pictures of the sea.
He saw the veins of men
as a net the gods made to catch us in like wild beasts:
he tried to break through it.
He was a sour man, his friends were few;
when his time came he was torn to pieces by dogs.

- George Seferis (1900-1971)

Translated by Edmund Keely & Philip Sherrard

Ultimate Reality ... by Lawrence

A young man said to me:
I am interested in the problem of Reality.

I said: Really!
Then I saw him turn to glance, surreptitiously,
in the big mirror, at his own fascinating shadow.

- D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

A Theological Definition ... by Oppen

A small room, the varnished floor
Making an L around the bed,

What is or is true as

Windows opening on the sea,
The green painted railings of the balcony
Against the rock, the bushes and the sea running

- George Oppen (1908-1984)

from Of Being Numerous (1967)

The Night has a Thousand Eyes ... by Bourdillon

The night has a thousand eyes,
And the day but one;
Yet the light of the bright world dies
With the dying sun.

The mind has a thousand eyes,
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.

- Francis William Bourdillon (1852-1921)