Without consideration, without pity, without shame
they built great towering walls all around me.
And I sit here now despairing.
I think of nothing else; this fate gnaws at my mind;
for I had so many things to do outside.
Why didn’t I notice when they were building walls.
But I never heard any noise or sound of builders.
Imperceptibly they shut me off from the world.
Constantine P. Cavafy
(Translation by David Connolly)