Treasure Island

Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy

181. Very Seldom 1/3/2003
182. Voices 1/3/2003
183. Waiting for the Barbarians 1/3/2003
184. Walls 1/3/2003
185. When the Watchman Saw the Light 9/26/2012
186. When they are roused 4/7/2010
187. When They Come Alive 9/26/2012
188. You Didn't Understand 9/26/2012
189. Young Men of Sidon 9/26/2012

Half an Hour

I never had you, nor will I ever have you
I suppose. A few words, an approach
as in the bar yesterday, and nothing more.
It is, undeniably, a pity. But we who serve Art
sometimes with intensity of mind, and of course only
for a short while, we create pleasure
which almost seems real.
So in the bar the day before yesterday -- the merciful alcohol
was also helping much --

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