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On An Italian Shore

Kimos, son of Menedoros, a young Greek-Italian,
Devotes his life to amusing himself,
Like most young men in Greater Greece
Brought up in the lap of luxury.

But today, in spite of his nature,
He is preoccupied, dejected. Near the shore
He watched, deeply distressed, as they unload
Ships with booty taken from the Peloponnese.

G r e e k l o o t: b o o t y f r o m C o r i n t h.

Today certainly it is not right,
It is not possible for the young Greek-Italian
To want to amuse himself in any way.


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Poem On An Italian Shore - Constantine P Cavafy