January 11, 2014

"Aboard the Ship", by Constantin Cavafy

It certainly resembles him, this small
pencil likeness of him.


Quickly done, on the deck of the ship:
an enchanting afternoon.
The Ionian Sea all around us.


It resembles him. Still, I remember him as handsomer.
To the point of illness: that's how sensitive he was,
and it illumined his expression.
Handsomer, he seems to me,
now that my soul recalls him, out of Time.


Out of Time. All these things, they're very old—
the sketch, and the ship, and the afternoon.

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