Classic · Collection · Egyptian Culture · Greek Culture · Greek Literature · LGBT · Modernism · Poetry · Queer

C.P. Cavafy

Like beautiful bodies of the dead who had not grown old
and they shut them, with tears, in a brilliant mausoleum,
with roses at the head and jasmine at the feet —
this is what desires resemble that have passed
without fulfillment; without any of them having achieved
a night of sensual delight, or a morning of brightness.

― C.P. Cavafy, “Desires,” Before Time Could Change Them: The Complete Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy. (Harcourt April 3, 2001) Originally published October 4th 1976.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s