dimecres, 15 d’agost de 2007

Ítaca

Després d'haver compartit uns quants dies per Ankara, Turquia, amb gent d'arreu... de Grècia, d'Estonia, d'Itàlia, d'Anglaterra, d'Spain i de Turquia en el Youthland, nom del projecte que fèiem, torno a escriure...

He conegut moltes personetes, unes més interessants que d'altres, però de totes m'he n'enduc un pessic ben saborós. He pogut practicar una mica d'anglès, com si fos un entrenament per Praga, i conèixer una mica més d'altres països.

Us deixo aquí el poema...

As you set out for Ithaka
hope your road is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them:
you'll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians, Cyclops,
wild Poseidon-you won't encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.


Hope your road is a long one.
May there be many summer mornings when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you enter harbors you're seeing for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind-
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to learn and go on learning from their scholars.


Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you're destined for.
But don't hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you're old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you've gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you wouldn't have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.


And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you'll have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Konstantine Cavafy


Traducció al català - Text original

Ja penjaré alguna foto de l'estada a Ankara quan pugui.

Tan sols donar les gràcies a una personeta molt especial que he conegut en el viatge, que m'ha cuida't, i m'ha ensenyat molt en les converses que hem compartit, em guardo el teu bonic somriure i espero que no perdem el contacte, una abraçada!