Czeslaw Milosz

A Hall – Czeslaw Milosz

A Hall – Czeslaw Milosz

The road led straight to the temple. Notre Dame, though not Gothic at all. The huge doors were closed. I chose one on the side, Not to the main building-to its left wing, The one in green copper, worn into gaps below. I pushed. Then it was revealed: An astonishing large hall, in warm light. Great st... »

This Only

This Only

This Only A valley and above it forests in autumn colors. A voyager arrives, a map leads him there. Or perhaps memory. Once long ago in the sun, When snow first fell, riding this way He felt joy, strong, without reason, Joy of the eyes. Everything was the rhythm Of shifting trees, of a bird in fligh... »

Happy As A Dog’s Tail By Anna Swir

Happy As A Dog’s Tail By Anna Swir

Happy as a Dog’s Tail by Anna Swir English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan Original Language Polish Happy as something unimportant and free as a thing unimportant. As something no one prizes and which does not prize itself. As something mocked by all and which mocks at their mocke... »

Late Ripeness by Czeslaw Milosz

Late Ripeness by Czeslaw Milosz

Late Ripeness by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Robert Hass Original Language Polish Not soon, as late as the approach of my ninetieth year, I felt a door opening in me and I entered the clarity of early morning. One after another my former lives were departing, like ships, together with their so... »

On Pilgrimage by Czeslaw Milosz

On Pilgrimage by Czeslaw Milosz

On Pilgrimage by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Hass Original Language Polish May the smell of thyme and lavender accompany us on our journey To a province that does not know how lucky it is For it was, among all the hidden corners of the earth, The only one chosen and v... »

A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz

A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz

A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Anthony Milosz Original Language Polish On the day the world ends A bee circles a clover, A fisherman mends a glimmering net. Happy porpoises jump in the sea, By the rainspout young sparrows are playing And the snake is gold-skinned... »

There Is A Light In Me By Anna Swir

There Is A Light In Me By Anna Swir

There is a Light in Me by Anna Swir English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan Original Language Polish Whether in daytime or in nighttime I always carry inside a light. In the middle of noise and turmoil I carry silence. Always I carry light and silence. Hits: 8 »

Myself And My Person By Anna Swir

Myself And My Person By Anna Swir

Myself and My Person by Anna Swir English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan Original Language Polish There are moments when I feel more clearly than ever that I am in the company of my own person. This comforts and reassures me, this heartens me, just as my tridimensional body is heartene... »

On Angels by Czeslaw Milosz

On Angels by Czeslaw Milosz

On Angels by Czeslaw Milosz Original Language Polish All was taken away from you: white dresses, wings, even existence. Yet I believe in you, messengers. There, where the world is turned inside out, a heavy fabric embroidered with stars and beasts, you stroll, inspecting the trustworthy seams. Short... »

On Prayer by Czeslaw Milosz

On Prayer by Czeslaw Milosz

On Prayer by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Robert Hass Original Language Polish You ask me how to pray to someone who is not. All I know is that prayer constructs a velvet bridge And walking it we are aloft, as on a springboard, Above landscapes the color of ripe gold Transformed by a magic stop... »

Love by Czeslaw Milosz

Love by Czeslaw Milosz

Love by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Robert Hass Original Language Polish Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills. A bird and a tree say to... »

I Talk To My Body By Anna Swir

I Talk To My Body By Anna Swir

I Talk To My Body by Anna Swir English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan Original Language Polish My body, you are an animal whose appropriate behavior is concentration and discipline. An effort of an athlete, of a saint and of a yogi. Well trained, you may become for me a gate through wh... »

Encounter by Czeslaw Milosz

Encounter by Czeslaw Milosz

Encounter by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Robert Hass Original Language Polish We were riding through frozen fields in a wagon at dawn. A red wing rose in the darkness. And suddenly a hare ran across the road. One of us pointed to it with his hand. That was long ago. Today ne... »

Forget by Czeslaw Milosz

Forget by Czeslaw Milosz

Forget by Czeslaw Milosz English version by Robert Hass Original Language Polish Forget the suffering You caused others. Forget the suffering Others caused you. The waters run and run, Springs sparkle and are done, You walk the earth you are forgetting. Sometimes you hear a distant refrain. What doe... »