Poetry That Answers Back

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Poetry That Answers Back

Post by isidore on April 12th 2008, 12:54 am

Post a poem you've read (or written?) that answers the poem preceeding it in some way.

Here's one that I dearly love:

"When suddenly, at midnight, you hear
an invisible procession going by
with exquisite music, voices,
donít mourn your luck thatís failing now,
work gone wrong, your plans
all proving deceptiveódonít mourn them uselessly.
As one long prepared, and graced with courage,
say goodbye to her, the Alexandria that is leaving.
Above all, donít fool yourself, donít say
it was a dream, your ears deceived you:
donít degrade yourself with empty hopes like these.
As one long prepared, and graced with courage,
as is right for you who were given this kind of city,
go firmly to the window
and listen with deep emotion, but not
with the whining, the pleas of a coward;
listenóyour final delectationóto the voices,
to the exquisite music of that strange procession,
and say goodbye to her, to the Alexandria you are losing."

~Constantine Cavafy
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