Constantine P. Cavafy

(29 April 1863 – 29 April 1933 / Alexandria)

Desires


Like beautiful bodies of the dead, who had not grown old
and they shut them with tears, in a magnificent mausoleum,
with roses at the head and jasmine at the feet --
that is how desires look that have passed
without fultillment; without one of them having achieved
a night of sensual delight, or a moonlit morn.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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