In the street

C. P. Cavafy

His nice face, a little sallow;
his brown eyes looking bloodshot;
twenty-five years old, but passing for twenty;
with something of the atelier in his style
– likely the colour of the tie, the shape of the collar –
he treads aimlessly in the street,
as though still hypnotised by the illicit pleasure,
by the highly illicit pleasure he has come into.

[Written 1913; Published 1916]

Original Greek Poem