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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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