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Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

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Some Like Poetry


Some -
thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority.
Not counting schools, where one has to,
and the poets themselves,
there might be two people per thousand.

Like -
but one also likes chicken soup with noodles,
one likes compliments and the color blue,
one likes an old scarf,
one likes having the upper hand,
one likes stroking a dog.

Poetry -
but what is poetry.
Many shaky answers
have been given to this question.
But I don't know and don't know and hold on to it
like to a sustaining railing.


Translated by Regina Grol

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Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Sandra Feldman (7/12/2014 5:21:00 AM)

    Yes in good and bad times, Poetry does sustain, with it's sometimes happy, sometimes sad refrain.
    Very profound and touching poem (Report) Reply

  • Stephen W (7/8/2014 3:21:00 PM)

    a very important topic. We must try to write poetry that more people will like! (Report) Reply

  • Thomas A Robinson (7/12/2012 2:39:00 PM)

    My first reading of a Wislawa Szymborska poem, not my last. Thanks be to Regina Grol for translation.I am sadden to learn of her passing just for months ago.Time is timeless when it comes to poetry.The torch that Wislawa ignited, passed through Regina's fingers, to my page, proves it. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (7/12/2012 9:03:00 AM)

    Nice. Very nice. Actually so straight the realisation, naturally the expression becomes much lucid. And it is the beauty of this writing............Regards, Pranab k c (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (2/8/2012 11:09:00 PM)

    I love poetry. But, of course, I'm a poet (-ess) . And I love this poem about poetry. Thanks for sharing it. voted 10 (Report) Reply

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