Some like me like poetry.

I’m in the mood for poetry, so here is one by Wislawa Szymborska, one of the greatest poets ever. Her new and peculiar ways of seeing and thinking, precise truths and unflinching opinions, curious daydreaming and rhythmic orchestra of words and pauses, and her wonderful sense of humour. I admire her deeply.

Some Like Poetry — Wislawa Szymborska

thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority.
Not counting schools, where one has to,
and the poets themselves,
there might be two people per thousand.

but one also likes chicken soup with noodles,
one likes compliments and the color blue,
one likes an old scarf,
one likes having the upper hand,
one likes stroking a dog.

but what is poetry.
Many shaky answers
have been given to this question.
But I don’t know and don’t know and hold on to it
like to a sustaining railing.

Translated from the Polish by Regina Grol

January 18, 2022