Things Ended The Canon
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Possessed by fear and suspicion,
mind agitated, eyes alarmed,
we desperately invent ways out,
plan how to avoid the inevitable
danger that threatens us so terribly.
Yet were mistaken, thats not the danger ahead:
the information was false
(or we didnt hear it, or didnt get it right).
Another disaster, one we never imagined,
suddenly, violently, descends upon us,
and finding us unpreparedtheres no time left
sweeps us away.

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

(C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992)

- Original Greek Poem

- Translation by John Cavafy

- Translation by George Valassopoulo