I Would Like to Describe by Zbigniew Herbert

I Would Like to Describe by Zbigniew Herbert

Published on 5 November 2020

I would like to describe

Transcript
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I Would Like to Describe By Zbigniew Herbert
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I would like to describe the simplest emotion
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Joy or sadness
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but not as others do
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reaching for shafts of rain or sun
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I would like to describe a light
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which is being born in me
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but I know it does not resemble any star
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for it is not so bright
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not so pure
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and is uncertain
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I would like to describe courage
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without dragging behind me a dusty lion
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and also anxiety
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without shaking a glass full of water
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to put it another way
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I would give all metaphors
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in return for one word
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drawn out of my breast like a rib
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for one word
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contained within the boundaries of my skin
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but apparently this is not possible
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and just to say - I love
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I run around like mad
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picking up handfuls of birds
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and my tenderness
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which after all is not made of water
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asks the water for a face
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and anger
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different from fire
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borrows from it
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a loquacious tongue
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so is blurred
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so is blurred in me
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what white-haired gentlemen
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separated once and for all
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and said
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this is the subject
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and this is the object
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we fall asleep
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with one hand under our head
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and with the other in a mound of planets
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our feet abandon us
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and taste the earth
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with their tiny roots
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which next morning
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we tear out painfully