A Note

Posted: December 1, 2010 in best things, Headspace
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“A Note”

Life is the only way
to get covered in leaves,
catch your breath on the sand,
rise on wings;

to be a dog,
or stroke its warm fur;

to tell pain
from everything it’s not;

to squeeze inside events,
dawdle in views,
to seek the least of all possible mistakes.

An extraordinary chance
to remember for a moment
a conversation held
with the lamp switched off;

and if only once
to stumble on a stone,
end up soaked in one downpour or another,

mislay your keys in the grass;
and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes;

and to keep on not knowing
something important.

— Wislawa Szymborska
(Translated, from the Polish, by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh.)

  1. crisi-tunity says:

    Thank you. I read this during a break as I was writing my post for today, which feels like it’s connected to this. I appreciate the clarity of this poet, and you for sharing it.

    • Tiffany says:

      I cut this out of a New Yorker magazine, back when I used to subscribe. It is pinned just outside my cubicle door, and a bunch of people have read it and thanked me for putting it there. Reading it makes me feel peaceful.

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