Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

King Dimitrios


When the Macedonians deserted him
and showed they preferred Pyrrhos,
King Dimitrios (a noble soul) didn't behave
-so they said-
at all like a king.
He took off his golden robes,
threw away his purple buskins,
and quickly dressing himself
in simple clothes, he slipped out-
just like an actor who,
the play over,
changes his costume and goes away.

Submitted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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