At an Italian shore

C. P. Cavafy

Cimon son of Menedoros
spends his life
like they usually do
youths reared

But today he’s quite
sober and glum.
badly agitated
the ships with loot

an Italiote youth
in entertainments
the Greek settlers
in great wealth.

against his nature
Near the shore
he watches them unload
out of the Peloponnese.

Greek spoils

Corinthian loot

Today surely
it’s not possible
to have any desire

it’s not proper
for the Italiote youth
for entertainments.

[Published 1925]

Original Greek Poem