Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy
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Another poem by Wislawa Szymborska -



I open her book view with a grain of sand to this.



Under One Small Star


My apologies to chance for calling it necessity.
My apologies to necessity if I'm mistaken, after all.
Please, don't be angry, happiness, that I take you as my due.
May my dead be patient with the way my memories fade.
My apologies to time for all the world I overlook each
    second.
My apologies to past loves for thinking that the latest is
    the first.
Forgive me, distant wars, for bringing flowers home.
Forgive me, open wounds, for pricking my finger.
I apologize for my record of minuets to those who cry from
    the depths.
I apologize to those who wait in railway stations for being
    asleep at five a.m.
Pardon me, hounded hope, for laughing from time to time.
Pardon me, deserts, that I don't rush to you bearing a
    spoonful of water. 
And you, falcon, unchanging year after year, always in the
    same cage,
your gaze always fixed on the same spot in space,
forgive me, even if it turns out you were stuffed.
My apologies to the felled tree for the table's four legs.
My apologies to great questions for small answers.
Truth, please don't pay me much attention.
Dignity, please be magnanimous.
Bear with me, O mystery of existence, as I pluck the
    occasional thread from your train.
Soul, don't take offense that I've only got you now and then.
My apologies to everything that I can't be everywhere
    at once.
My apologies to everyone that I can't be each woman and
    each man.
I know I won't be justified as long as I live,
since I myself stand in my own way.
Don't bear me ill-will, speech, that I borrow weight words,
then labor heavily so that they may seem light.


    - Wislawa Szymborska


Perhaps, this poem, also, is another place for us to step off into examining our own life.


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