“CONSOLATION”: A Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Posted by Elaine Magliaro

NationalPoetryMonthLogoFor the first Poetry Friday of National Poetry Month, I’m posting a poem by my favorite poet–Wislawa Szymborska.

Poet Wislawa Szymborska

Poet Wislawa Szymborska

By Wisława Szymborska
(Translated By Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak)

They say he read novels to relax,
But only certain kinds:
nothing that ended unhappily.
If anything like that turned up,
enraged, he flung the book into the fire.

True or not,
I’m ready to believe it.

Scanning in his mind so many times and places,
he’d had enough of dying species,
the triumphs of the strong over the weak,
the endless struggles to survive,
all doomed sooner or later.
He’d earned the right to happy endings,
at least in fiction
with its diminutions.


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More poems by Wislawa Szymborska:

A Poem for National Poetry Month: “Hatred” by Wislawa Szymborska

“The End and the Beginning”: An Anti-War Poem by Wislawa Szymborska (VIDEO)

“TORTURES”–A Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Hunger of Memory: “Starvation Camp Near Jaslo”–A Poem by Wislawa Szymborska


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1 Response to “CONSOLATION”: A Poem by Wislawa Szymborska

  1. Bob Kauten says:

    …and remember, that ” ł ” in ” Wisława” is pronounced like a “w.”

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