Finished: Electra. Sophocles. Translated by: Anne Carson
Elektra:
Oh my child,
I thought I could save you.
I thought I could send you beyond.
But there is no beyond.
You might as well have stayed that day
to share your father’s tomb.
Instead, somewhere, I don’t know where-
suddenly alone you stopped-
where death was.
And I would have waited
and washed you
and lifted you 
up from the fire,
like a whitened coal.

Finished: Electra. Sophocles. Translated by: Anne Carson

Elektra:

Oh my child,

I thought I could save you.

I thought I could send you beyond.

But there is no beyond.

You might as well have stayed that day

to share your father’s tomb.

Instead, somewhere, I don’t know where-

suddenly alone you stopped-

where death was.

And I would have waited

and washed you

and lifted you 

up from the fire,

like a whitened coal.

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