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Poetry week day 7

The God Abandons Antony

At midnight, when suddenly you hear
an invisible procession going by
with exquisite music, voices,
don't mourn your luck that's failing now,
work gone wrong, your plans
all proving deceptive- don't mourn them uselessly:
as one long prepared, and full of courage,
say goodbye to her, to Alexandria who is leaving.
Above all, don't fool yourself, don't say
it was a dream, your ears deceived you:
don't degrade yourself with empty hopes like these.
As one long prepared, and full of courage,
as is right for you who were given this kind of city,
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion,
but not with the whining, the pleas of a coward;
listen- your final pleasure- to the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession,
and say goodbye to her, to the Alexandria you are losing.

Constantine P Cavafy (apologies- I cannot yet find the name of the translator)

And as interpreted by Leonard Cohen:




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Apr. 7th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)
You are in for such a treat - he is just an amazing performer. I saw him in Manchester, but it was on the same tour so I should imagine the same playlist.
My friend Cathy and I were totally buzzing when we came out - and I cannot believe how *long* the show went on, and how he managed to keep up the energy and the power and the beauty for the whole thing.

Have a wonderful time!
Apr. 7th, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Adore this song. Give me shivers. Thanks for reminding me!
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:34 pm (UTC)
One of my fave LC songs, and my absolute fave Cavafy poem.
Apr. 7th, 2009 11:38 pm (UTC)
It was the song which made me fall totally in love with Leonard Cohen :)
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