Voice II - Collection Georges and Ingrid Descamps


Ideal and beloved voices
of those who are dead, or of those
who are lost to us like the dead.

Sometimes they speak to us in our dreams;
sometimes in thought the mind hears them.

And with their sound for a moment return
other sounds from the first poetry of our life —
like distant music that dies off in the night.

                                          Constantine  Cavafis

             Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard