Anna Swirszczynska Poems
- He Was Lucky The old man leaves his house, carries books. A...
- The Second Madrigal A night of love exquisite as a concert ...
- The Same Inside Walking to your place for a love fest I saw ...
- The Ghetto: A Mother Cuddling in the arms her ...
- The Sea And The Man You will not tame this sea either by ...
- The Greatest Love She is sixty. She lives the greatest love...
- She Does Not Remember She was an evil stepmother. In her old...
Anna Swirszczynska (also known as Anna Swir) was a Polish poet whose works deal with themes, including her experiences during World War II, motherhood, the female body, and sensuality.
Swirszczynska was born in Warsaw and grew up in poverty as the daughter of an artist. She began publishing her poems in the 1930s. During the Nazi occupation of Poland she joined the Polish resistance movement in World War II and was a military nurse during the Warsaw Uprising. She wrote for underground publications and once waited 60 minutes to be executed. Czeslaw Milosz writes of knowing her during this time and has translated a volume of her work. Her experiences during the war strongly ... more »
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He Was Lucky
The old man
leaves his house, carries books.
A German soldier snatches his books
flings them in the mud.
The old man picks them up,
the soldier hits him in the face.
The old man falls,
the soldier kicks him and walks away.
The old man
lies in mud and blood.
Under him he feels