Anna Swirszczynska Poems

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1.
The Second Madrigal

A night of love
exquisite as a
concert from old Venice
played on exquisite instruments.
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2.
He Was Lucky

The old man
leaves his house, carries books.
A German soldier snatches his books
flings them in the mud.
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3.
The Same Inside

Walking to your place for a love fest
I saw at a street corner
an old beggar women.
I took her hand,
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4.
The Ghetto: A Mother

Cuddling in the arms her half-asphyxiated baby, howling,
she ran up the staircase of the apartment building that was set ablaze.
From the first floor to the second.
From the second to the third.
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5.
The Sea And The Man

You will not tame this sea
either by humility or rapture.
But you can laugh
in its face.
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6.
The Greatest Love

She is sixty. She lives
the greatest love of her life.

She walks arm-in-arm with her dear one,
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7.
She Does Not Remember

She was an evil stepmother.
In her old age she is slowly dying
in an empty hovel.
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8.
I’ll Open The Window

Our embrace lasted too long.
We loved right down to the bone.
I hear the bones grind, I see
our two skeletons.
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9.
Myself And My Person

There are moments
when I feel more clearly than ever
that I am in the company
of my own person.
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10.
Happy As A Dog's Tail

Happy as something unimportant
and free as a thing unimportant.
As something no one prizes
and which does not prize itself.
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