Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

The Joy Of Writing


Why does this written doe bound through these written woods?
For a drink of written water from a spring
whose surface will xerox her soft muzzle?
Why does she lift her head; does she hear something?
Perched on four slim legs borrowed from the truth,
she pricks up her ears beneath my fingertips.
Silence - this word also rustles across the page
and parts the boughs
that have sprouted from the word 'woods.'
Lying in wait, set to pounce on the blank page,
are letters up to no good,
clutches of clauses so subordinate
they'll never let her get away.

Each drop of ink contains a fair supply
of hunters, equipped with squinting eyes behind their sights,
prepared to swarm the sloping pen at any moment,
surround the doe, and slowly aim their guns.

They forget that what's here isn't life.
Other laws, black on white, obtain.
The twinkling of an eye will take as long as I say,
and will, if I wish, divide into tiny eternities,
full of bullets stopped in mid-flight.
Not a thing will ever happen unless I say so.
Without my blessing, not a leaf will fall,
not a blade of grass will bend beneath that little hoof's full stop.

Is there then a world
where I rule absolutely on fate?
A time I bind with chains of signs?
An existence become endless at my bidding?

The joy of writing.
The power of preserving.
Revenge of a mortal hand.

Submitted: Friday, February 03, 2012

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (The Joy Of Writing by Wislawa Szymborska )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  2. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  3. Mother to Son, Langston Hughes
  4. I Dream A World, Langston Hughes
  5. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  6. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  7. Let America be America Again, Langston Hughes
  8. April Rain Song, Langston Hughes
  9. I, Too, Langston Hughes
  10. Life Is Fine, Langston Hughes

Poem of the Day

THE CHANCELLOR mused as he nibbled his pen
(Sure no Minister ever looked wiser),
And said, “I can summon a million of men
To fight for their country and Kaiser;

...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Granny, Phil Soar
  2. Dances, David Harris
  3. Life, Vaishnavi Singh
  4. God, Asit Kumar Sanyal
  5. Apatnaput-apat (44), herbert guitang
  6. Schoon Poepske, Madrason writer
  7. Your Heart To Mine, Michael P. McParland
  8. Motivation, Kim Lee
  9. A life without pain, DEEPAK KUMAR PATTANAYAK
  10. BLUE, Soumita Sarkar Ray
[Hata Bildir]