Zbigniew Herbert

(29 October 1924 – 28 July 1998 / Lvov)

Zbigniew Herbert Poems

1. A Ballad That We Do Not Perish 1/3/2003
2. A Description Of The King 1/3/2003
3. A Halt 1/3/2003
4. A Knocker 1/3/2003
5. A Russian Tale 1/3/2003
6. About Troy 1/3/2003
7. An Answer 4/21/2010
8. Architecture 1/3/2003
9. Daedalus And Icarus 12/29/2011
10. Elegy Of Fortinbras 12/29/2011
11. Episode 4/21/2010
12. First The Dog 4/21/2010
13. From The Top Of The Stairs 1/3/2003
14. Home 1/3/2003
15. How We Were Introduced 4/21/2010
16. I Would Like To Describe 1/3/2003
17. In A City 12/29/2011
18. Lament 1/3/2003
19. Mr. Cogito And The Imagination 1/20/2003
20. Nothing Special 1/3/2003
21. Objects 1/3/2003
22. Our Fear 4/21/2010
23. Pebble 1/3/2003
24. Prayer Of Pan Cogito – Traveller 12/29/2011
25. Report From Paradise 4/21/2010
26. Report From The Besieged City 1/3/2003
27. Rovigo 12/29/2011
28. The Ardennes Forest 1/3/2003
29. The Envoy Of Mr Cogito 1/3/2003
30. The Fable About A Nail 12/29/2011
31. The Monster Of Mr Cogito 1/3/2003
32. The Power Of Taste 12/29/2011
33. The Rain 4/21/2010
34. The Return Of The Proconsul 12/29/2011
35. The Tongue 12/29/2011
36. The Trial 1/3/2003
37. Three Poems By Heart 1/3/2003
38. To My Bones 4/21/2010
39. Wasp 12/29/2011
40. What Our Dead Do 12/29/2011
Best Poem of Zbigniew Herbert

Pebble

The pebble
is a perfect creature

equal to itself
mindful of its limits

filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning

with a scent that does not remind one of anything
does not frighten anything away does not arouse desire

its ardour and coldness
are just and full of dignity

I feel a heavy remorse
when I hold it in my hand
and its noble body
is permeated by false warmth

--Pebbles cannot be tamed
to the end they will look at us
with a calm and very clear eye

Read the full of Pebble

A Knocker

There are those who grow
gardens in their heads
paths lead from their hair
to sunny and white cities

it's easy for them to write
they close their eyes
immediately schools of images
stream down their foreheads

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