The Windows   In these dark rooms where I live out empty days, I wander round and round trying to find the windows. It will be a great relief when a window opens. But the windows aren't there to be found - or at least I can't find them. And perhaps it's better if I don't find them. Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny. Who knows what new things it will expose? Constantine P. Cavafy
April is Poetry Month
Constantine Cavafy was born in Egypt on April 29th 1863 and died April 29th 1933. His parents were Greek and he was the youngest of nine children. He was instrumental in reviving Greek poetry and T.S. Eliot was a strong promoter of his work. David Hockney made a series of prints illustrating some of his poems. He was known for his frequent use of metaphors and his poetry often reflected the great irony in life. Though his poems seldom rhyme they are able to bring vivid images to those that read them.
In The Evening   It wouldn't have lasted long anyway- years of experience make that clear. But Fate did put an end to it a bit abruptly. It was soon over, that wonderful life. Yet how strong the scents were, what a magnificent bed we lay in, what pleasures we gave our bodies. An echo from my days of indulgence, an echo from those days came back to me, something from the fire of the young life we shared: I picked up a letter again, read it over and over till the light faded. Then, sad, I went out on to the balcony, went out to change my thoughts at least by seeing something of this city I love, a little movement in the streets, in the shops. Constantine P. Cavafy
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Longings   Like the beautiful bodies of those who died before growing old, sadly shut away in sumptuous mausoleum, roses by the head, jasmine at the feet -- so appear the longings that have passed without being satisfied, not one of them granted a single night of pleasure, or one of its radiant mornings. Constantine P. Cavafy
“And if you can’t shape your life the way you want, at least try as much as you can not to degrade it...” ― Constantinos P. Cavafis
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
It is estimated that there are around 7,000 different languages spoken in the world today, over a third of those are endangered and many linguists believe that by the end of this century there will be less than 300 languages spoken. Language is as intriguing as the culture it represents; some other interesting tidbits….. 23 languages account for more than 50% of the population and two thirds of the languages spoken are in Asia and Africa. Twelve percent of all languages on Earth are spoken in Papua New Guinea-840 to be exact. The Khmer language has the longest alphabet of all languages, consisting of 74 letters. The English language has the largest lexicon- 250,000 words. The oldest languages still in use are Greek and Chinese. Silbo is a variation of Spanish and is used to communicate across mountains…using only whistles. It is said that Basque is the most difficult language to learn. A language dies every 14 days. There are 50,000 characters in the Chinese language.