Morning sea

C. P. Cavafy

I’ll stand here. I’ll too watch nature awhile.
Brilliant purples of the morning sea
and cloudless sky, and yellow shore:
all beautiful and fully luminous.

I’ll stand here. And pretend that I’m seeing this
(I really saw it for a moment when first standing)
and not here, too, my fancies,
my memories, the comforts of pleasure.

[Published 1915]

Original Greek Poem