Zbigniew Herbert

(29 October 1924 – 28 July 1998 / Lvov)

Zbigniew Herbert Poems

41. Architecture 1/3/2003
42. The Monster Of Mr Cogito 1/3/2003
43. A Ballad That We Do Not Perish 1/3/2003
44. Home 1/3/2003
45. I Would Like To Describe 1/3/2003
46. The Envoy Of Mr Cogito 1/3/2003
47. Pebble 1/3/2003
48. Report From The Besieged City 1/3/2003
49. Mr. Cogito And The Imagination 1/20/2003

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Mr. Cogito And The Imagination

Mr. Cogito never trusted
tricks of the imagination

the piano at the top of the Alps
played false concerts for him

he didn't appreciate labyrinths
the Sphinx filled him with loathing

he lived in a house with no basement
without mirrors of dialectics

jungles of tangled images
were not his home

he would rarely soar
on the wings of metaphor
and then he fell like Icarus
into the embrace of the Great Mother

he adored tautologies
explanations
idem per idem

that a bird is a bird
slavery means slavery
a knife is a ...

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The Envoy Of Mr Cogito

Go where those others went to the dark boundary
for the golden fleece of nothingness your last prize

go upright among those who are on their knees
among those with their backs turned and those toppled in the dust

you were saved not in order to live
you have little time you must give testimony

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