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The First Step

 The young poet Evmenis
complained one day to Theocritus:
"I've been writing for two years now
and I've composed only one idyll.
It's my single completed work.
I see, sadly, that the ladder of Poetry is tall, extremely tall; and from this first step I'm standing on now I'll never climb any higher.
" Theocritus retorted: "Words like that are improper, blasphemous.
Just to be on the first step should make you happy and proud.
To have reached this point is no small achievement: what you've done already is a wonderful thing.
Even this first step is a long way above the ordinary world.
To stand on this step you must be in your own right a member of the city of ideas.
And it's a hard, unusual thing to be enrolled as a citizen of that city.
Its councils are full of Legislators no charlatan can fool.
To have reached this point is no small achievement: what you've done already is a wonderful thing.
"

Poem by Constantine P Cavafy
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