Anna Swirszczynska

(1909 - 1984 / Warsaw)

The Sea And The Man


You will not tame this sea
either by humility or rapture.
But you can laugh
in its face.

Laughter
was invented by those
who live briefly
as a burst of laughter.

The eternal sea
will never learn to laugh.


Translated from the Polish by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan

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