Come Back


Κωνσταντίνος Καβάφης και Ερωτισμός/
Constantine Cavafy and Eroticism

Sensuous, erotic, exact Cavafy does not so much tell a story as create an atmosphere, sweeping the reader away on a blue Aegean sea of longing. The endurance of his work is in his approach, embodying both the immediacy of the Hellenic past and the direct moment of an imagined erotic encounter.

Translated by Manolis Aligizakis


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Come back often and take me,
beloved sensation, come back and take me—
when the memory in my body awakens,
and the old desire again runs through my blood;
when the lips and the skin remember
and the hands feel as if they were touching again.

Come back often and take me at night,
when the lips and the skin remember…

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Επέστρεφε συχνά καί παίρνε με,
αγαπημένη αίσθησις επέτρεφε καί παίρνε με—
όταν ξυπνά τού σώματος η μνήμη,
κ’ επιθυμία παληά ξαναπερνά στό αίμα
όταν τά χείλη καί τό δέρμα ενθυμούνται,
κ’ αισθάνονται τά χέρια σάν ν’ αγγίζουν πάλι.

Επέστρεφε συχνά καί παίρνε με τήν νύχτα,
όταν τά χείλη καί τό δέρμα ενθυμούνται…


English translation by Manolis Aligizakis

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