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

 

 



Halina Poswiatowska canon in translation.  Dziela II 79. / DZIELA 1-2
(poems not in _Wiersze Wybrane_ (Selected Poems), Jan Zych ed. / DRAFT2)

		The Roads
		-------------------------------------------------------

		they were only oblong bodies
		waving in the wind
		this was some wind
		captured by the mouth feet hands
		wind in the hair
		in the fingernails
		in the fingers
		they --  black and slick
		wandering upon the night's infinite ladders
		into the triangles of flippers
		grasping eternity
		juggling a star
		oval
		ill-boding
		stuck with an aquamarine sound
		to the meat of gratings
		rammed against iron's body
		pulsating
		throwing off fast soles
		reaching modest heavenly firmaments
		held together in check from flight
		by a shot-down angel's wing
		their mouths held up with their hands
		sad
		when the earth would call them
		from the infinity of motion
		their feet would push against
		the golden-smiling sand

		
		        Halina Poswiatowska d. 11 October 1967
		        translated from the Polish
		        by Marek Lugowski marek@enteract.com
		        21 November 2004 Chicago, Illinois

		wdowa
		-------------------------------------------------------

		czy jest naprawde/ z/al/obna
		czy tylko wronio zamys/lona
		ociera l/zy chusteczka/ w groszki
		a kiedy grzebie w walizce
		z re/kopisami
		oczy ma twarde jak metal
		z/ona?
		wdowa
		w szufladzie z bielizna/
		ukl/ada opuszczona/ koszule/
		sweter kolorowy
		wszystko
		martwe -- niepotrzebne nikomu
		potem -- ustawia kwiaty
		na odkurzonym biurku
		bierze kraciasta/ torbe/
		wychodzi
		szepcza/c w drzwiach niez/ywemu
		"do widzenia"

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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