Let’s have some more Cavafy, shall we? His words come across so excellently in English, one must wonder how beautiful they must be in their native Greek! It’s enough to make a gardener want to learn another language.
You’ll often find this as “Body, Remember” or “Remember, Body” depending on the translation, but I’m pretty sure the correct title is this one:
We recently had a quote from relatively new poet Sanober Khan. Influenced by Rumi, Gibran, Cummings, she is clearly a poet your host will love to read.
Here’s an example. Her books should grace the Villa’s shelves shortly, I think.
She comes not when Noon is on the roses–
Too bright is Day.
She comes not to the Soul till it reposes
From work and play.
But when Night is on the hills, and the great Voices
Roll in from Sea,
By starlight and candle-light and dreamlight
She comes to me.
Valentine’s Day is in two weeks. Lovers are already thinking of what lovely things they may give each other as tokens of affection.
This is not really a recommendation.
It’s been a while since we had any Cavafy here. His sense of wonder is always marvelous. This feels like an excerpt from a story someone should write.
This speaks to the heart of your humble host.
Your humble host had not heard of Monika Carless. That oversight has been taken care of, and it is very likely that her work will shortly grace the Villa’s bookshelves.
Here is a taste.
We work long for short moments of reward. Is that wrong?
It doesn’t matter: it is.
Sara Teasdale returns to suggest to us that it’s worth it.
It’s not quite winter – just one month to go! – but the changing weather and daylight makes this poem feel about perfect.
Robert Burns single-handedly made the Scottish way of speaking English not only known but genteel. Or so goes the story. He definitely contributed to its popular knowledge and popularity with his poetry, written in the Scots dialect. As odd as it seems, especially to those for whom English is not their first language, there is a wonderful honesty to the way it is worded and spelled.
And, of course, it’s good poetry.