Wislawa Szymborska

(2 July 1923 – 1 February 2012 / Prowent)

Possibilities - Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the Warta.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love's concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists
who promise me nothing.
I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer Grimms' fairy tales to the newspapers' front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven't mentioned here
to many things I've also left unsaid.
I prefer zeroes on the loose
to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.

Comments about Possibilities by Wislawa Szymborska

  • Mario, Lucien, Rene Odekerken (10/9/2017 1:40:00 AM)

    I prefer reading this poem
    Rather than not reading this poem
    excellent writing, , excellent poet
    Thank you for sharing

    Mario Odekerken
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  • (3/11/2016 11:33:00 AM)

    I prefer not prefer...:| (Report) Reply

  • (1/30/2016 4:26:00 AM)

    I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
    to the absurdity of not writing poems.
    Entertaining brain teaser. Thanks for sharing.10 points.
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  • (1/30/2016 4:03:00 AM)

    I prefer rest//////////// (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling (10/27/2015 12:42:00 AM)

    ...I prefer moralists
    who promise me nothing...
    Wonderful poem.
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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 3, 2012

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