– and to keep on not knowing something important

A Note

.

Life is the only way

to get covered in leaves,

catch your breath on the sand,

rise on wings;

 

to be a dog,

or stroke its warm fur;

 

to tell pain

from everything it’s not;

 

to squeeze inside events,

dawdle in views,

to seek the least of all possible mistakes.

 

An extraordinary chance

to remember for a moment

a conversation held

with the lamp switched off;

 

and if only once

to stumble upon a stone,

end up soaked in one downpour or another,

 

mislay your keys in the grass;

and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes;

and to keep on not knowing

something important.

.

by Wislawa Szymborska

from Monologue of a Dog

translated by S. Baranczak and C. Cavanagh


11 thoughts on “– and to keep on not knowing something important

  1. such beautiful words; “and to follow a spark on the wind with your eyes; / and to keep on not knowing / something important.”

    AND, such a beautiful portrait!

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