Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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Poem of Knowing - Say Yes!!




CHE FECE . . . IL GRAN RIFIUTO


A day comes to some people when
they must pronounce the great Yes or the great No.
It is instantly clear who has the Yes within,
ready; and by uttering it, he crosses over to

his honor and conviction. The one who
refuses has no remorse. If asked again,
he'd say no again. And yet that No —
the right No — weighs him down to his life's end.


                                 [1901]
       Translated with Willis Barnstone



C. P. Cavafy
Translated by Aliki Barnstone
The Collected Poems of C. P. Cavafy
W. W. Norton & Company

Copyright © 2006 by Aliki Barnstone.
All rights reserved.

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