Remember, Body

Body, remember not just how much you were loved,
Not just the beds where you have lain,
but also those longings that so openly
glistened for you in the eyes,
and trembled in the voice – and some
chance obstacle arose and thwarted them.
Now that it’s finally in the past
it almost seems as if you gave yourself to
those longings, too – remember how
they glistened, in the eyes that looked at you;
how they trembled in the voice, for you; remember body.


C.P. Cavafy, 1916

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