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.