Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Longings


Like the beautiful bodies of those who died before growing old,
sadly shut away in sumptuous mausoleum,
roses by the head, jasmine at the feet -
so appear the longings that have passed
without being satisfied, not one of the granted
a single night of pleasure, or one of its radiant mornings.

Submitted: Wednesday, April 07, 2010
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