Czeslaw Milosz

(30 June 1911 – 14 August 2004 / Kedainiai)

In Black Despair


In grayish doubt and black despair,
I drafted hymns to the earth and the air,
pretending to joy, although I lacked it.
The age had made lament redundant.

So here's the question -- who can answer it --
Was he a brave man or a hypocrite?

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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