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C.P. Cavafy

I should like to relate this memory …
but it is so faded now … scarcely anything is left —
because it lies far off, in the years of my early manhood.

A skin as if made of jasmine …
that night in August— was it August?—that night…
I can just barely remember the eyes; they were, I think, blue …
Ah yes, blue; a sapphire blue.

— C.P. Cavafy, from “Far off,” The Complete Poems, transl. by Rae Dalven (Mariner Books, 1976)

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