Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

A Few Words on the Soul


We have a soul at times.
No one’s got it non-stop,
for keeps.
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  • Gold Star - 10,508 Points * Sunprincess * (6/5/2014 8:48:00 PM)

    ...............this is truly a wonderful write.....and thanks dr. tapan kumar pradhan for your enlightening comment as well....read this write twice and definitely adding to my favourites.... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (4/13/2013 1:30:00 PM)

    When I first read this poem, I was puzzled. I thought Wislawa did not believe in the Soul. I discussed the matter with her. Then I got to her point of view. What she means to say here is that too much preoccupation with the intagible will not do us any good. Metaphysical and spiritual concepts are not easily comprehensible to the average person. Philosophers may like to dwell on such dry concepts their whole life, without realising God or Oneness with the creation. Wislawa echoes the call of Swami Vivekananda to the youth to play football rather than contemplate on God. She also echoes the Upanishadic dictum that worship of mere theoretical knowledge leads us to greater darkness.... (Andhah tamah pravisanti ye avidyaam upaasate... tato bhuyah....)

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  • Rookie Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (4/13/2013 1:28:00 PM)

    When I first read this poem, I was puzzled. I thought Wislawa did not believe in the Soul. I discussed the matter with her. Then I got to her point of view. What she means to say here is that too much preoccupation with the intagible will not do us any good. Metaphysical and spiritual concepts are not easily comprehensible to the average person. Philosophers may like to dwell on such dry concepts their whole life, without realising God or Oneness with the creation. Wislawa echoes the call of Swami Vivekananda to the youth to play football rather than contemplate on God. She also echoes the Upanishadic dictum that worship of mere theoretical knowledge leads us to greater darkness.... (Andhah tamah pravisanti ye avidyaam upaasate... tato bhuyah....)

    Dr Tapan Kumar Pradhan (disciple of Wislawa) (Report) Reply

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