Off topic: To another 118 (Polish poetry in translation)
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Oct 29, 2002

Dedicated to another 118 who died (in Moscow):


We no longer have history

all we have are wasted

moments of life

forty-eight hours

of mock justice

this is not history these are not its bells

a day’s quicksand sinking voices

our funerals in whispering leaves

the embrace above the coffin eyes eyes

and time rolling over us

will not have the face of history

but a fox’s sly and treacherous snout

Anna Kamienska, 1983

(Translated from Polish by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)


Elegy for the Living

The joy of the moment turns suddenly

into a black hood with openings

only for eyes, mouth, tongue, grief. More grief.

The living see off their days

that flee

like negatives, exposed once

but never developed.

The living exist, so light-mindedly, so nonchantly,

that the dead are abashed.

They smile sadly: Children,

we were like you, just the same.

Above us, robinias blossomed,

and in the robinias, nightingales sang.

Adam Zagajewski

(Translated from Polish by Renata Gorczynska, Benjamin Ivry, C.K.Williams)

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