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Alexandrian Kings Analysis

Author: poem of C.P. Cavafy Type: poem Views: 2

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The Alexandrians were gathered

to see Cleopatra's children,

Caesarion, and his little brothers,

Alexander and Ptolemy, whom for the first

time they lead out to the Gymnasium,

there to proclaim kings,

in front of the grand assembly of the soldiers.

Alexander -- they named him king

of Armenia, Media, and the Parthians.

Ptolemy -- they named him king

of Cilicia, Syria, and Phoenicia.

Caesarion stood more to the front,

dressed in rose-colored silk,

on his breast a bouquet of hyacinths,

his belt a double row of sapphires and amethysts,

his shoes fastened with white

ribbons embroidered with rose pearls.

Him they named more than the younger ones,

him they named King of Kings.

The Alexandrians of course understood

that those were theatrical words.

But the day was warm and poetic,

the sky was a light azure,

the Alexandrian Gymnasium was

a triumphant achievement of art,

the opulence of the courtiers was extraordinary,

Caesarion was full of grace and beauty

(son of Cleopatra, blood of the Lagidae);

and the Alexandrians rushed to the ceremony,

and got enthusiastic, and cheered

in greek, and egyptian, and some in hebrew,

enchanted by the beautiful spectacle --

although they full well knew what all these were worth,

what hollow words these kingships were.


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So what i sense from this piece, is you have known much depth in the infinite deep that is Love. You have been heelplss in its face, and that I see is the essence of touching it.Question: How does one translate this into daily living? We dont want to be just walkin around like jesus-turn the other cheek hapless creatures.How do we not translate this overwhelming power into some reductive human posture whichmisses the pointyet again?

| Posted on 2013-11-15 | by a guest

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There is a depth of sadness to this that bnrgis an intensity this beautifully crafted video poem. Piercing through the sadness, though is a radiant hope like a balm of faith and sureness that healing will come. That is something I can identify with strongly and I would love to hear more about your story. xx x x

| Posted on 2013-11-13 | by a guest

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| Posted on 2013-11-11 | by a guest

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