When you set out for Ithaka
ask that your way be long,
full of adventure, full of instruction.
The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,
At the noisy end of the cafe, head bent
over the table, an old man sits alone,
a newspaper in front of him.
And if you can't shape your life the way you want,
at least try as much as you can
not to degrade it
by too much contact with the world,
The Alexandrians were gathered
to see Cleopatra's children,
Caesarion, and his little brothers,
Alexander and Ptolemy, whom for the first
I do not question whether I am happy or unhappy.
Yet there is one thing that I keep gladly in mind --
that in the great addition (their addition that I abhor)
that has so many numbers, I am not one