Selected Poems

Selected Poems

by Zbigniew Herbert

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ISBN-13: 9780880010993
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/02/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 140
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.35(d)

About the Author

Zbigniew Herbert was born in Lwów, Poland, in 1924. In his late teens he fought in the under-ground resistance against the Nazis. Herbert studied law, economics, and philosophy at the universities of Krakow, Torun, and Warsaw. His books include Selected Poems, Report from the Besieged City and Other Poems, Mr Cogito, Still Life with a Bridle, The King of the Ants, Labyrinth on the Sea, and Collected Poems. He died in 1998.

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Two Drops

No time to grieve for roses, when the forests are burning -- Slowacki

The forests were on fire --
they however
wreathed their necks with their hands
like bouquets of roses

People ran to the shelters --
he said his wife had hair
in whose depths one could hide

Covered by one blanket
they whispered shameless words
the litany of those who love

When it got very bad
they leapt into each other's eyes
and shut them firmly

So firmly they did not feel the flames
when they came up to the eyelashes

To the end they were brave
To the end they were faithful
To the end they were similar
like two drops
stuck at the edge of a face

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