Treasure Island

Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy

21. Body Remember 1/3/2003
22. But Wise Men Perceive Approaching Things 1/3/2003
23. Caesarion 1/3/2003
24. Candles 1/3/2003
25. Che Fece 1/3/2003
26. Come, O King of the Lacedaimonians 3/23/2012
27. Craftsmen of Wine Bowls 3/23/2012
28. Dangerous Things 1/3/2003
29. Darius 1/3/2003
30. Days Of 1896 3/23/2012
31. Days of 1901 3/23/2012
32. Days of 1903 1/3/2003
33. Days of 1908 1/3/2003
34. December, 1903 9/26/2012
35. Desires 1/3/2003
36. Dimaratos 9/25/2012
37. Envoys from Alexandria 1/3/2003
38. Exiles 1/3/2003
39. Far Off 1/3/2003
40. Following the Recipe of Ancient Syrio-Greek Magicians 3/23/2012

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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