Anyway those things would not have lasted long.The experienceof the years shows it to me. But Destiny arrived in some haste and stopped them.The beautiful life was brief. But how potent were the perfumes,on how splendid a bed we lay,to what sensual delight we gave our bodies. An echo of the days of pleasure,an echo of the days drew near me,a little of the fire of the youth of both of us;again I took in my hands a letter,and I read and reread till the light was gone. And melancholy, I came out on the balcony— came out to change my thoughts at least bylooking at a little of the city that I loved,a little movement on the street, and in the shops.
CR Cavafy, “In the Evening,” translated byRae DalvenFor Oscar John Long,friend and voyager with all my love