Tuesday, October 11, 2011

It should be like a Californian ii: Cavafy for perspective

           Rightly they will praise you: what a sincere fellow!
           But put some water in your wine: don't presume
           since (as you know) "Nothing about the Lacedaemonians."


            nor perhaps are those wounds the ones
            that you imagine (out of ignorance of his life)
            to be the dreadful blows that came from you.

C.P. Cavafy
The Unfinished Poems
  Nothing about the Lacedaemonians
Daniel Mendelsohn, translation
Knopf, 2009©

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