Because I read this poem in my youth, and agreed completely. Like so many of the themes in CP Cavafy's poems, the message that it is a poet's duty never to fear the realities of sex became a guidestone for my intellectual life.
And I Lounged and Lay on Their Beds
When I went to that house of pleasure
I didn't stay in the front rooms where they celebrate,
with some decorum, the accepted modes of love.
I went into the secret rooms
and lounged and lay on their beds.
I went into the secret roomsConstantine P. Cavafy
considered shameful even to name.
But not shameful to me -because if they were,
what kind of poet, what kind of artist would I be?
I'd rather be an ascetic. That would be more in keeping,
much more in keeping with my poetry,
than for me to find pleasure in the commonplace rooms.