Anna Swirszczynska

(1909 - 1984 / Warsaw)

The Sea And The Man - Poem by Anna Swirszczynska

You will not tame this sea
either by humility or rapture.
But you can laugh
in its face.

was invented by those
who live briefly
as a burst of laughter.

The eternal sea
will never learn to laugh.

Translated from the Polish by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

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