Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

A Few Words On The Soul - Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

We have a soul at times.
No one’s got it non-stop,
for keeps.
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Comments about A Few Words On The Soul by Wislawa Szymborska

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/30/2016 4:46:00 AM)

    This poem is really soulful and thought for mind...10 (Report) Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (9/9/2015 9:45:00 PM)

    You're cruel if you kill and twice cruel if you force someone else to. (Report) Reply

  • Dershish Kebab (9/9/2015 5:54:00 PM)

    John Richter's comment says it all, and says it well.
    Thanks, John. (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Maswabi Kenneth Maswabi (9/9/2015 3:24:00 PM)

    Surely one of my all time favorite piece of writing. Thank you very much. (Report) Reply

  • John Richter (9/9/2015 11:12:00 AM)

    Wow... This might come to be my favorite poem ever, and I have not previously known of Wislawa... George, this is such a good example of how poetry is defined by the reader, and not the poet... Each reader brings his own emotions into a piece, and thusly this poem glows as one of the most romantic and esoteric pieces I have ever read... The reasons are abound - but just one small example. 'It usually steps out whenever meat needs chopped...' That is a picture which speaks 10,000 words... It is one thing to purchase meat at the grocery store. It is quite another to kill it, disembowel it, remove its skin or feathers, and butcher it into edible pieces of meat. To myself and Wislawa, and most cultures around the world, that act is horrifying to the soul. From American Indians to the Jewish people of the Old Testament, the sacrifice of an animal for eating is revered as a most sacred and holy thing because of that feeling we get inside. And to add 'filling out forms' immediately brought to mind the many things we people do that can be an affront our spiritual sensibilities. The Nazi Death camps for example were run by people who must have left their souls behind in order to follow orders.... Or they did not have souls. Those citizens living in fear of the regime must have left their soul behind when reporting the whereabouts of Jews hiding or those who hid them. They saw all the horrible injustice and blood shed. The body's need for survival is something that can cause the soul to temporarily shut off, exactly as Wislawa described - and so elegantly..... Body and soul are two different things. Wislawa was very in tune with that I think... (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (9/9/2015 9:17:00 AM)

    it is with us when no one is there. It keeps on looking when no one is looking. it lends a hand when all refuse the band. (Report) Reply

  • George Hill (9/9/2015 8:51:00 AM)

    I think this poem devoud of merit.I stopped reading at line 5. (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A Ramesh T A (9/9/2015 3:03:00 AM)

    A new look on soul is wonderfully depicted on this poem (Report) Reply

  • .., Rahman .., Henry .., Rahman .., Henry (9/9/2015 2:59:00 AM)

    Wislawa Szymborska is one of my fabourite poets in world poetry. I've translated 5 of her poems into Bengali in 2010. This one is splendid too. (Report) Reply

  • 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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  • 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....)

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