Constantine Cavafy

From all I've done and all I've said

let them not seek to find who I've been.

An obstacle stood and transformed

my acts and way of my life.

An obstacle stood and stopped me

many a time as I was going to speak.

My most unobserved acts,

and my writitings the most covered —

thence only they will feel me.

But mayhaps it is not worth to spend

this much care and this much effort to know me.

For — in the more perfect society —

someone else like me created

will certainly appear and freely act.


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