Wednesday, May 26, 2010

poetry reading


I'm curled into a ball
like a dog
that is cold.

Who will tell me 
why I was born,
why this monstrosity
called life.

The telephone rings.  I have to give
a poetry reading.

I enter.
A hundred people, a hundred pairs of eyes.
They look, they wait.

I am supposed to tell them
why they were born,
why there is 
this monstrosity called life.

~  Anna Swirszczynska
translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan