Hey Cat,One of my favorite poem's is called "Ithaka" by Constantine P Cavafy. I thought you might like it as you are setting out for your own journey :) Good Luck in New York!It's below and can also be found here:http://www.ithaka.org/poemBest,Prerna As you set out for Ithakahope the voyage is a long one,full of adventure, full of discovery.Laistrygonians and Cyclops,angry Poseidon-don't be afraid of them:you'll never find things like that on your wayas long as you keep your thoughts raised high,as long as a rare excitementstirs your spirit and your body.Laistrygonians and Cyclops,wild Poseidon-you won't encounter themunless you bring them along inside your soul,unless your soul sets them up in front of you.Hope the voyage is a long one.May there be many a summer morning when,with what pleasure, what joy,you come into harbors seen for the first time;may you stop at Phoenician trading stationsto buy fine things,mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,sensual perfume of every kind-as many sensual perfumes as you can;and may you visit many Egyptian citiesto gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.Keep Ithaka always in your mind.Arriving there is what you are destined for.But do not hurry the journey at all.Better if it lasts for years,so you are old by the time you reach the island,wealthy with all you have gained on the way,not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.Without her you would not have set out.She has nothing left to give you now.And if you find her poor, Ithaka won't have fooled you.Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.
Prernaaaaa,What a beautiful poem!! Symbolic not just for particular journeys in life, but for life itself.... Ithaka as old age, wisdom, or death. Beautiful! Thank you so much. I am really moved.Thank you!!!!!!!!!!
Your very welcome, Cat! I thought you might appreciate it and I was glad to share it with you :)Yes, Ithaka is about all the wonderful aspects about this crazy/beautiful journey we embark on called life! (I'm pretty sure I had a tear in my eye when I first read this poem; now its pinned to my inspiration board :)
Post a comment