Zbigniew Herbert

(29 October 1924 – 28 July 1998 / Lvov)

Zbigniew Herbert Poems

1. Report from the Besieged City 1/3/2003
2. Mr. Cogito and the Imagination 1/20/2003
3. Home 1/3/2003
4. The Envoy of Mr Cogito 1/3/2003
5. Pebble 1/3/2003
6. I Would Like to Describe 1/3/2003
7. A ballad that we do not perish 1/3/2003
8. From the Top of the Stairs 1/3/2003
9. The Monster of Mr Cogito 1/3/2003
10. Architecture 1/3/2003
11. Nothing Special 1/3/2003
12. A Russian Tale 1/3/2003
13. Objects 1/3/2003
14. Lament 1/3/2003
15. A Knocker 1/3/2003
16. A Description of the King 1/3/2003
17. A Halt 1/3/2003
18. The Ardennes Forest 1/3/2003
19. About Troy 1/3/2003
20. Three poems by heart 1/3/2003

The Ardennes Forest

Cup your hands to scoop up sleep
as you would draw a grain of water
and the forest will come: a green cloud
a birch trunk like a chord of light
and a thousand eyelids fluttering
with forgotten leafy speech
then you will recall the white morning
when you waited for the opening of the gates

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