zaterdag 13 april 2013


Because i love this poem so much............  

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
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

6 opmerkingen:

  1. ook jou wens ik een lange reis, martine, met heel wat wijsheid onderweg! ;-))

  2. I can understand why you like this poem. It is a magical journey of the soul and each step should savoured be enjoyed. Life is full of adventures!

  3. i want to go....maybe that's what my Raft is for???? watch for me....
    love to you....

  4. Martine,

    Niet het doel op zich is belangrijk, maar vooral de reis er naar toe schenkt je kennis en levenservaring. Onlangs schreef ik nog een logje met de titel "Een reis maakt je wijs"! (

    Groetjes en bedankt voor jouw reactie,