Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Poems of Constantine P. Cavafy

161. Their Beginning 1/3/2003
162. Theodotus 1/3/2003
163. Theophilos Palaiologos 9/26/2012
164. Thermopylae 1/3/2003
165. They Should Have Provided 1/3/2003
166. Things Ended 9/26/2012
167. Those Who Fought for the Achaean League 1/3/2003
168. To Antiochos Epiphanis 9/26/2012
169. To Call up the Shades 3/23/2012
170. To Have Taken The Trouble 9/26/2012
171. To Sensual Pleasure 9/26/2012
172. Tomb of Evrion 3/23/2012
173. Tomb of Iases 1/3/2003
174. Tomb of Ignatos 3/23/2012
175. Tomb of Lanis 3/23/2012
176. Tomb of the Grammarian Lysias 9/26/2012
177. Trojans 1/3/2003
178. Two Young Men, 23 to 24 years old 9/26/2012
179. Understanding 1/3/2003
180. Unfaithfulness 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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