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C.P. Cavafy

Like beautiful bodies of the dead who had not grown old and they shut them, with tears, in a magnificent mausoleum, with roses at the head and jasmine at the feet — that is how desires look that have passed without fulfillment; without one of them having achieved a night of sensual delight, or a… Continue reading C.P. Cavafy

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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;… Continue reading C.P. Cavafy

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C.P. Cavafy

Ideal and dearly beloved voices of those who are dead, or of those who are lost to us like the dead. Sometimes they speak to us in our dreams; sometimes in thought the mind hears them. And for a moment with their echo other echoes return from the first poetry of our lives — like… Continue reading C.P. Cavafy

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