Constantine P. Cavafy – Poems

MELANCHOLY OF JASON KLEANDROS

POET IN KOMMAGINI, 595 A.D.

The aging of my body and my face

is a wound from a dreadful knife.

I have no perseverance at all.

I fall back on you, Art of Poetry,

that knows something about potions,

trying to dull the pain through Fantasy and Language…

It is a wound from a dreadful knife.—

Art of Poetry bring your potions,

that make—for a moment—the pain go away.

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