Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

According To The Formulas Of Ancient Grecosyrian Magi - Poem by Constantine P. Cavafy

"What distillate can be discovered from herbs
of a witching brew," said an aesthete,
"what distillate prepared according
to the formulas of ancient Grecosyrian magi
which for a day (if no longer
its potency can last), or even for a short time
can bring my twenty three years to me
again; can bring my friend of twenty two
to me again -- his beauty, his love.

"What distillate prepared according
to the formulas of ancient Grecosyrian magi
which, in bringing back these things,
can also bring back our little room."


Comments about According To The Formulas Of Ancient Grecosyrian Magi by Constantine P. Cavafy

  • Gold Star - 9,073 Points Douglas Scotney (2/5/2013 8:10:00 PM)

    A dream potion. But you can't touch. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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