Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

Going Home - Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

He came home. Said nothing.
It was clear, though, that something had gone wrong.
He lay down fully dressed.
Pulled the blanket over his head.
Tucked up his knees.
He's nearly forty, but not at the moment.
He exists just as he did inside his mother's womb,
clad in seven walls of skin, in sheltered darkness.
Tomorrow he'll give a lecture
on homeostasis in metagalactic cosmonautics.
For now, though, he has curled up and gone to sleep.

Topic(s) of this poem: home


Comments about Going Home by Wislawa Szymborska

  • Robert Murray Smith (5/25/2018 11:36:00 PM)


    The last line is disappointing. (Report) Reply

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  • Lyn Paul (5/25/2018 5:57:00 PM)


    Words written so beautifully it is like a conversation.
    May you RIP
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (5/25/2018 10:30:00 AM)


    'He has curled up.

    Going home! !

    Thanks for sharing.
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  • Muzahidul Reza (5/25/2018 10:09:00 AM)


    Hum, our minds always incline to home as there are our roots, ............ great done (Report) Reply

  • (5/25/2018 3:45:00 AM)


    He lay down and pulled the blanket over his head and tucked up his knees, with an air of being at home though he is nearly forty he is now dreaming like a baby in the safest place of his mother's womb as home........such a cool and calm and refreshing piece......very well scripted indeed.....thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (5/25/2018 1:12:00 AM)


    The wisdom of a good woman. Cherishing her man even in his dark moments where he'd rather not be a man but a babe in the womb responsible for nothing. What a poet! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (5/25/2018 12:31:00 AM)


    Such a fine poem from Wislawa Szymborska👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 9, 2015



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