The Next Table
He can't be more than twenty-two.
And yet I'm certain it was at least that many years ago
that I enjoyed the very same body.
This isn't some erotic fantasy.
I've only just come into the casino
and there hasn't been time enough to drink.
I tell you, that's the very same body I once enjoyed.
And if I can't recall precisely where—that means nothing.
Now that he's sitting there at the next table,
I recognize each of his movements—and beneath his clothes
I see those beloved, naked limbs again.
From C. P. Cavafy: Selected Poems translated by Avi Sharon. Published by Penguin Classics. Copyright © 2008 by Avi Sharon. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
C. P. Cavafy
Constantine Cavafy was born Konstantínos Pétrou Kaváfis in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1863 and was considered by many to be the most original and influential Greek poet of the 20th century.
Date Published: 2008-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/next-table