Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | October 12, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: As Much as You Can

by C. P.  Cavafy (1863 – 1933).

 

As Much As You Can        

 

And if you can’t shape your life the way you want,

at least try as much as you can

not to degrade it

by too much contact with the world,

by too much activity and talk.

 

Try not to degrade it by dragging it along,

taking it around and exposing it so often

to the daily silliness

of social events and parties,

until it comes to seem a boring hanger-on.

 

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

 

 Notes:

 http://www.cavafy.com/

http://greece.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=2452&x=1


Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: