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The Old Man and the Water Flowing

An old man in Crete

An old man in a café, Crete, Greece. Click for credits

“I saw an old man kneeling on the stones. He was leaning over a channel, and watching the water run, his face bathed in inexpressible ecstasy. It seemed as though his nose, mouth, and cheeks had vanished; nothing remained but the two eyes which followed the water as it flowed between the rocks. I went up to him.

‘What do you see there, old man ?’ I asked him.

And he, without lifting his head or removing his eyes from the water, replied:

‘My life, my life which is running out…’  “

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[From Report to Greco by Nikos Kazantzakis (translation by P.A. Bien)]

About Man of Roma

I am a man from Rome, Italy. I’m 60 and a Roman since many generations. In my blog, manofroma.wordpress.com, I’m writing down my meditations. The idea behind it all is that something 'ancient' is still alive in the true Romans of today, of which few are left.

19 responses »

  1. I loved “inexpressible ecstasy!” such a stimulating phrase. Keep up the good work.

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  2. May we have more of Kazantzakis? I must get this translation.
    I hope you are keeping well, MoR?

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  3. I’m glad to hear this. Grazie.

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  4. Nice image of life and our status as spectators of our own show.
    Paul C.

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  5. Lovely! I shall acquaint myself with the rest of the book.

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  6. Would we could just watch life flow by. For ever and ever.

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