Zbigniew Herbert

(29 October 1924 – 28 July 1998 / Lvov)

Zbigniew Herbert Poems

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

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The Monster Of Mr Cogito


Lucky Saint George
from his knight's saddle
could exactly evaluate
the strength and movements of the dragon

the first principle of strategy
is to assess the enemy accurately

Mr Cogito
is in a worse position
he sits in the low
saddle of a valley
covered with thick fog

through fog it is impossible to perceive
fiery eyes
greedy claws

through fog
one sees only
the shimmering of nothingness

the monster of Mr Cogito
has no measurements
it is difficult to describe
escapes definition ...

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A Knocker

There are those who grow
gardens in their heads
paths lead from their hair
to sunny and white cities

it's easy for them to write
they close their eyes
immediately schools of images
stream down their foreheads

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