Following The Recipe Of Ancient Greco-Syrian Magicians
Said an aesthete: "What distillation from magic herbs
can I find - what distillation, following the recipe
of ancient Greco-Syrian magicians - that will bring back to me
for one day (if its power doesn't last longer),
or even for a few hours,
my twenty-third year,
bring back to me my friend of twenty-two,
his beauty, his love.
What distillation, following the recipe
of ancient Greco-Syrian magicians, can be found
to bring back -as part of this return to the past-
the little room we shared."
Constantine P. Cavafy
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