Keep Ithaka in your mind as you head in the opposite direction,
Whether by choice or chance or just the way the wind blows.
If you are lucky there will be those mornings at the port
In the early hazy sunshine, before the heat is up,
Setting off for some new island; don’t even rush to embark:
Enjoy the portside ambience, the sellers of nuts and sweet Muscat wines.
From the boat you may see dolphins, leaping, playing.
And when you arrive, maybe take another, smaller boat,
To another, smaller island; or explore the interior,
The villages few ever reach; eat
At your leisure shaded by an everlasting plane.
Maybe you will meet someone, the girl who speaks
Of a rose in the desert, which flowers for one day only.
Even if you don’t you will have days of exhilaration,
Just you alone, walking, in the thyme-scented air,
As the raptors gather high above you.
Keep Ithaka always in mind but delay your return.
Delay it for as long as is humanly possible.
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