|Hasty and awkward creatures of the moment,
it is we who interrupt the action of the gods.
In the palaces of Eleusis and Phthia
Demeter and Thetis initiate rituals
over high flames and heavy smoke.
But Metaneira always bursts in
from the royal quarters, hair loose, terrified,
and Peleus, scared, always intervenes.
|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
|- Translation by John Cavafy|