POETRY IS LIKE TAKING A DEEP BREATH

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

FUNNY


Photo by Navesh Chitrakar (on Pixdaus.com)



What's it like to be human
the bird asked

I myself don't know
it's being held prisoner by your skin
while reaching infinity
being a captive of your scrap of time
while touching eternity
being hopelessly uncertain
and helplessly hopeful
being a needle of frost
and a handful of heat
breathing in the air
and choking wordlessly
it's being on fire
with a nest made of ashes
eating bread
while filling up on hunger
it's dying without love
it's loving through death

That's funny said the bird
and flew effortlessly up into the air.


Anna Kamienska
1920-1986


translated from the Polish by
Stanislav Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh



7 comments:

  1. Ah, what a wonderful poem. The photograph you found to accompany it is priceless. I will be thinking of this all day.

    That's funny said the bird/
    and flew effortlessly up into the air.

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  2. I like it!! and...the photo is beautiful!

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  3. Lovely poem and I love the poem.

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  4. Don't you think we too could be the bird?

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  5. Funny is one word I'm thinking...

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  6. The picture reminds me of Oscar Wilde's short story, The Happy Prince.

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