Of the Shop
By Constantine P. Cavafy
Translated by Rae Dalven
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.
I spent the afternoon with gblvr and her new (imaginary) boyfriend, Chris Pine. First we watched Bottle Shock, which, as you all know, I already loved because of
Before gblvr left, I decided I had to show her George Lucas in Love, which I hadn't watched in years and it really made me snicker. Then I tried all evening to write a Next Gen review, but kept getting interrupted by kids over various matters both mundane and profound -- and "Darmok" deserves better than that level of distraction -- so it will not get posted until Saturday morning (it's already Saturday morning in Europe, anyway, so it was going to be late no matter what). As usual I'm completely behind on comments and e-mail and we are supposed to meet my in-laws in Baltimore on Saturday afternoon, so I may need to beg another weekend's indulgence!