Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Addition - Poem by Constantine P. Cavafy

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
of the many units there. In the final sum
I have not been calculated. And this joy suffices me.


Comments about Addition by Constantine P. Cavafy

  • Seamus O' Brian (7/5/2017 4:41:00 PM)


    In the final sum I have not been calculated. Seems a fitting framework of humility in contemplation of the greater concepts. And what is it to our ultimate value how we factor in the summations of others? (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (7/5/2017 2:11:00 PM)


    In the final sum! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Maswabi (7/5/2017 3:47:00 AM)


    It is a powerful statement full of wisdom. Thank you Constantine. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (7/5/2017 2:59:00 AM)


    The poet knows he is unique. Very few know that. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/5/2017 12:27:00 AM)


    I keep gladly in mind.... Nice poem.... Thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

  • (8/25/2008 7:36:00 AM)


    My sentiments exactly, in my own small way (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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