Ithaka 

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Sail 2015 Amsterdam

I am sharing a poem and the second gallery of photos of the event Sail 2015 in Amsterdam.

Ithaka – Poem by Constantine P. Cavafy

When you set out for Ithaka

ask that your way be long,

full of adventure, full of instruction.

The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,

angry Poseidon – do not fear them:

such as these you will never find

as long as your thought is lofty, as long as a rare

emotion touch your spirit and your body.

The Laistrygonians and the Cyclops,

angry Poseidon – you will not meet them

unless you carry them in your soul,

unless your soul raise them up before you.
Ask that your way be long.

At many a Summer dawn to enter

with what gratitude, what joy –

ports seen for the first time;

to stop at Phoenician trading centres,

and to buy good merchandise,

mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,

and sensuous perfumes of every kind,

sensuous perfumes as lavishly as you can;

to visit many Egyptian cities,

to gather stores of knowledge from the learned.
Have Ithaka always in your mind.

Your arrival there is what you are destined for.

But don’t in the least hurry the journey.

Better it last for years,

so that when you reach the island you are old,

rich with all you have gained on the way,

not expecting Ithaka to give you wealth.

Ithaka gave you a splendid journey.

Without her you would not have set out.

She hasn’t anything else to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaka hasn’t deceived you.

So wise you have become, of such experience,

that already you’ll have understood what these Ithakas mean.


 

I am sharing the second gallery of the event Sail 2015 in Amsterdam. If you want to see the Day one of Sail 2015, check here.

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36 thoughts on “Ithaka 

  1. I love the poem. Such a wonderful message – it is the journey and not the destination that you should treasure. The picture of the mermaid on the boat is my favourite of the photos, though they’re all good as usual.

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  2. Beautiful photos Lucile. The light is stunning. And the I Amsterdam Wheel photo is fabulous! What a great vantage point. And a perfect poem to accompany it. How apt. Life is about the journey, we should treasure it. X

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  3. Fantastic gallery! I have seen tall ships many times before, but I don’t remember them being THAT fabulous! I’d be willing to bet it’s your photographic eye that’s responsible for making them look so darn spectacular.

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  4. Now you’re just making me homesick for Amsterdam. I loved walking down that pier. I don’t think I got a good shot of any ship. But I had a good time. Do they have that Amsterdam sign along the pier there these days, or do they move it about?

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