The Souls of Old People The Canon
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In their ancient wasted bodies crouch the souls
of old people. Ah, how sad are those poor souls,
how weary of their bodies and the wretched life therein, —
how fearful lest they lose them, how content to stay therein, —
the bewildered, contradictory poor souls,
the distressed and comically tragic souls,
imprisoned in the ruined flesh and crouching low therein.

Translated by John Cavafy

(Poems by C. P. Cavafy. Translated, from the Greek, by J. C. Cavafy. Ikaros, 2003)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard