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On the Jetty
By C.P. Cavafy
Intoxicating night, in the dark, on the jetty. And afterward in the little room of the tawdry hotel—where we gave ourselves completely to our unwholesome passion; hour after hour, again and again to "our own" love— until the new day glistened on the windowpanes.
This evening the shape of the night resembles, revived in me, a night of the distant past.
Without any moon, extremely dark (an advantage). Night of our encounter on the jetty; at a great distance from the caféand the bars.
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