Friday, March 17, 2017

The God Abandons Antony C.P. Cavafy, The Canon

The God Abandons Antony

When abruptly, at midnight, you hear
an invisible procession pass by
with delightful music, and voices,
don’t grieve for your failing fortunes,
your spoiled deeds, the illusion of your life’s plan; 
to mourn is useless.Rather, with foreknowledge and boldness,
bid farewell to the departing Alexandria.
Above all, don’t fool yourself, don’t claimit was just a dream, that you heard a lie;avoid all such futile notions.As if long prepared, and ever courageous,acting as one who deserves such a city,
make your way to the window,and listen closely with your heart,
 notwith cowardly pleas and protests;
hear, as a last pleasure, those sounds,the delightful music of the invisible procession,and bid farewell to the Alexandria you are losing.

Translated by Stratis Haviaras
(C.P. Cavafy, The Canon. Translated from the Greek by Stratis Haviaras, Hermes Publishing, 2004)