Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

He Came To Read - Poem by Constantine P. Cavafy

He came to read. Two or three books
are open; historians and poets.
But he only read for ten minutes,
and gave them up. He is dozing
on the sofa. He is fully devoted to books
but he is twenty-three years old, and he's very handsome;
and this afternoon love passed
through his ideal flesh, his lips.
Through his flesh which is full of beauty
the heat of love passed;
without any silly shame for the form of the enjoyment.....


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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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