The tobacconist’s window

C. P. Cavafy

They were standing amid many others
near an tobacconist’s illuminated window.
By chance their glances met,
and their illicit carnal desire
they expressed anxiously, haltingly.
Then, a few uneasy paces in the street –
until they smirked, and nodded slightly.

And after that the enclosed carriage ….
the sensual approach of bodies,
the locked hands, the locked lips.

[Published 1917]

Original Greek Poem

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