Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hidden Things by C.P. Cavafy

David Hockney, Portrait of Cavafy

From all I did and all I said,
let no one try to find out who I was.
An obstacle was there that changed the                 pattern
Of my actions and the manner of my life.
An obstacle was often there
To stop me when I’d begin to speak.
From my most unnoticed actions,
My most veiled writing –
From these alone will I be understood.
But maybe it isn’t worth so much concern,
So much effort to discover who I really am.
Later, in a more perfect society,
Someone else made just like me
Is certain to appear and act freely.

Translated by Edmund Keely/Philip Sherrard


  1. Great post, I'd not heard of Cavafy, but I like the poem, can identify with it and will be looking him up. Thanks

  2. This is his name in Greek apparently.

    Konstantinos Petrou Kavafis
    Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης

  3. I'm always impressed how translated words remain so powerful.