I brooked no bonds. I threw off all restraint,
and went. Toward enjoyments that were half
real — half ruminations of my brain,
into the illuminated night I went.
And of strong wines I drank boldly, as drink they who seek after pleasure and are brave.
Translated by John Cavafy
(Poems by C. P. Cavafy. Translated, from the Greek, by J. C. Cavafy. Ikaros, 2003)