Near a bright-lit tobacco shop window
they stood, among many others.
Their glances met, randomly,
and fearing, hesitant, expressed
their flesh’s outlawed desire.
A few anxious, sidewalk steps followed,
until they smiled, and nodded slightly.
And then came the closed coach . . .
the senses drawing in two bodies:
the hands united, and the lips.
Constantine Cavafy (1863–1933) lived in Alexandria and is commonly considered the premier modern Greek poet.