The Afternoon Sun The Canon
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This room, how well I know it.
Now theyre renting it, and the one next to it,
as offices. The whole house has become
an office building for agents, merchants, companies.
 
This room, how familiar it is.
 
Here, near the door, was the couch,
a Turkish carpet in front of it.
Close by, the shelf with two yellow vases.
On the rightno, oppositea wardrobe with a mirror.
In the middle the table where he wrote,
and the three big wicker chairs.
Beside the window was the bed
where we made love so many times.
 
They must still be around somewhere, those old things.
 
Beside the window was the bed;
the afternoon sun fell across half of it.
 
...One afternoon at four oclock we separated
for a week only... And then
that week became forever.

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

(C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by James Merrill