As Much As You Can (after Cavafy)

C.P. Cavafy, “As Much As You Can”

You cannot shape your life.
I say to do away
with too much world,
too much business,
too much speech.

Don’t degrade, dragging life,
bringing and boasting it
in the intimacy of living rooms
or contentious little parties
until seen superfluous,
begging for attention.

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