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

 

 


revised 20 April 2002

Halina Poswiatowska canon in translation.  Dziela I 121. / DZIELA 1-2
(poems not in _Wiersze Wybrane_ (Selected Poems), Jan Zych ed. / DRAFT2)

		A Prayer of Longing
		-------------------------------------------------------

		O Chowanna, my Polish Upbringing
		come in from the wood that has died
		speak
		the truth
		with your mouth carved in bark
		about death and about love
		you straighter than those pines of yours
		Chowanna
		warm as a throbbing winter stove
		Chowanna
		you enslave
		with hue and color
		you spellbind
		in the smell of wasting leaves
		your breasts so cut in pine
		breathe with my breath
		Chowanna
		raze from the face of the earth
		all unopened doors

		        Halina Poswiatowska d. 11 October 1967
		        translated from the Polish
		        by Marek Lugowski marek@enteract.com
		        revised 20 April 2002 Chicago


		Modlitwa z te/sknoty
		-------------------------------------------------------

		Chowanna
		przyjdz/ z umarl/ego lasu
		powiedz
		ustami wyrzez/bionymi w korze
		prawde/
		o s/mierci i o mil/os/ci
		prostsza od twoich sosen
		Chowanna
		ciepl/a jak pulsuja/cy zimowy piec
		Chowanna
		zniewalasz
		barwa/ i kolorem
		urzekasz
		zapachem wie/dna/cych lis/ci
		twoje piersi wycie/te w sos/nie
		oddychaja/ moim oddechem
		Chowanna
		zgl/adz/ z powierzchni ziemi
		wszystkie nie otwarte drzwi

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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