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April 26th JP Poem Pick

Can you believe that Poetry Month is almost over?! As they say…time flies… So, I hope you all have fun with today’s poem that was chosen by Patricia Roth Schwartz.

Try to praise the mutilated world.

by Adam Zagajewski


Remember June’s long days,

and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.

The nettles that methodically overgrow

the abandoned homesteads of exiles.

You must praise the mutilated world.

You watched the stylish yachts and ships;

one of them had a long trip ahead of it,

while salty oblivion awaited others.

You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,

you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.

You should praise the mutilated world.

Remember the moments when we were together

in a white room and the curtain fluttered.

Return in thought to the concert where music flared.

You gathered acorns in the park in autumn

and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.

Praise the mutilated world

and the gray feather a thrush lost,

and the gentle light that strays and vanishes

and returns.


(Translated, from the Polish, by Clare Cavanagh.)

From The New Yorker,  issue of September 24, 2001.) 


Such a beautiful piece. Thank you, Patricia!

For today’s prompt, let’s write a “returning” poem. It could be about returning from a long trip, returning to form, or maybe you like to play fetch with your dog. And as always, if you would like to share what you come up with, just drop it in the comments box so we can see!


One Response

  1. Every month is poetry month. : D

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