Poems not in Wiersze Wybrane. Pages from Dziela 1-2
Halina Poświatowska (English translations + Polish originals):

 

 



Halina Poswiatowska canon in translation.  Dziela II 46. / DZIELA 1-2
(poems not in _Wiersze Wybrane_ (Selected Poems), Jan Zych ed. / DRAFT2)

		untitled (***a river runs through me)
		-------------------------------------------------------

		a river runs through me

		my infinite patience
		smooths the stone
		I walk my fingers
		over the sharp outline
		to soften the stone
		so it may stick meekly
		to my hands

		a river runs through me

		I wash the trees' leaves
		and treacherously
		eat the golden sand
		from under their feet
		so they may slip within me
		and touch my lips
		with their swaying branches

		a river runs through me

		my hand caresses
		the cat's back
		its fur sings
		there is fear in the branches
		the trees
		are fluttering
		
		
		        Halina Poswiatowska d. 11 October 1967
		        translated from the Polish
		        by Marek Lugowski marek@enteract.com
		        13 November 2004 Chicago, Illinois

		***
		-------------------------------------------------------

		rzeka przepl/ywa przeze mnie

		cierpliwos/cia/ nieskon/czona/
		kamien/ gl/adze/
		moje palce
		po ostrym obwodzie prowadze/
		z/eby zmie/kl/ kamien/
		pokornie
		przywarl/ do moich ra/k

		rzeka przepl/ywa przeze mnie

		umywam lis/cie drzewom
		i zdradliwie
		spod ich no/g
		zl/oty piasek wyjadam
		z/eby osune/l/y sie/ we mnie
		rozchwianymi gal/e/ziami
		dotkne/l/y moich ust

		rzeka przepl/ywa przeze mnie

		przecia/gam re/ka/
		grzbiet koci
		s/piewa futro
		w gal/e/ziach popl/och
		drzewa
		trzepoca/

source:
Halina Poswiatowska, _Dziela, Poezja 1 and 2_ (_The Works, Poetry 1 and 2_),
Wydawnictwo Literackie, Krakow: 1997.  Source language: Polish.

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