Constantine P Cavafy

Here you will find the Poem Of The Shop of poet Constantine P Cavafy

Of The Shop

He wrapped them carefully, neatly 
in costly green silk. 

Roses of ruby, lilies of pearl, 
violets of amethyst. As he himself judged, 

as he wanted them, they look beautiful to him; not as he saw 
or studied them in nature. He will leave them in the safe, 

a sample of his daring and skillful craft. 
When a buyer enters the shop 

he takes from the cases other wares and sells -- superb jewels -- 
bracelets, chains, necklaces, and rings.