Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

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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  • Rookie - 127 Points Kirti Sharma (7/12/2014 3:25:00 PM)

    i like it!
    each person defines poetry in their own way....
    awsm write.... :) (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 27,319 Points Gajanan Mishra (7/12/2014 10:09:00 AM)

    compliments and color blue, good one. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,264 Points 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

  • Rookie - 773 Points Leslie Philibert (7/12/2014 4:42:00 AM)

    A poet I know, who impresses with her own style and voice.. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 369 Points 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

  • Rookie - 26 Points Joseph Poewhit (7/12/2013 2:53:00 AM)

    Poetry makes the world spin in truths. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 250 Points Rajendran Muthiah (7/15/2012 6:13:00 PM)

    one likes soup, stroking a dock but runs off seeing poets because the poets are mad. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,150 Points 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

  • Silver Star - 3,375 Points 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

  • Veteran Poet - 3,181 Points 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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