Anna Dalassene

C. P. Cavafy

In the chrysobull which Alexios Komnenos put out
to honour his mother expressly,
the highly intelligent Lady Anna Dalassene –
who was remarkable in her works, in her manners –
there are various tributes.
Here let us poach from them
one phrase, beautiful and kind:
‘Those cold words, “mine” and “thine”, were never spoken.’

[Published 1927]

Original Greek Poem