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811: Remember, Body...

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"Remember, Body ..."
Constantine P. Cavafy

Body, remember not only how much you were loved,
not only the beds where you lay,
but also those desires for you,
shining clearly in eyes
and trembling in a voice—and some chance
obstacle thwarted them.
Now when everything is the past,
it almost looks as if you gave yourself
to those desires as well—how they shone—
remember—in the eyes that looked at you,
how they trembled for you in the voice—remember, body.

Translated by Aliki Barnstone

Comments

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oddgreyone
Apr. 5th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
Wow. Was he there with me last night?

This is amazing. It's going in my notebook.
michaeleen
Apr. 6th, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
This is one of my favorite poems! Glad to see it posted here
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