C. P. Cavafy: “Walls”

brick wall

Walls

With no consideration, no pity, no shame,
they have built walls around me, thick and high.
And now I sit here feeling hopeless.
I can’t think of anything else: this fate gnaws my mind–
because I had so much to do outside.
When they were building the walls, how could I have not noticed!
But I never heard the builders, not a sound.
Imperceptibly they have closed me off from the outside world.

Constantine P. Cavafy (1986)

Translation by Edmund Keeley & Philip Sherrard

Photo credit: 365 Days – Day 18 – Brick Wall by Auntie P

~ by matt on 22 December 2007.

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