Friday, April 8, 2011

With love and appreciation, that you are "you"


I am who I am.
A coincidence no less unthinkable
than any other.

I could have different
ancestors, after all.
I could have fluttered
from another nest
or crawled bescaled
from under another tree.

Nature's wardrobe
holds a fair
supply of costumes:
Spider, seagull, field mouse.
each fits perfectly right off
and is dutifully worn
into shreds.

I didn't get a choice either,
but I can't complain.
I could have been someone
much less separate.
Someone from an anthill, shoal, or buzzing swarm,
an inch of landscape tousled by the wind.

Someone much less fortunate,
bred for my fur
or Christmas dinner,
something swimming under a square of glass.

A tree rooted to the ground
as the fire draws near.

A grass blade trampled by a stampede
of incomprehensible events.

A shady type whose darkness
dazzled some.

What if I'd prompted only fear,
or pity?

If I'd been born
in the wrong tribe
with all roads closed before me?

Fate has been kind
to me thus far.

I might never have been given
the memory of happy moments.

My yen for comparison
might have been taken away.

I might have been myself minus amazement,
that is,
someone completely different.

* Wislawa Szymborska

Have a wonderful weekend sisters, xo Ro

*(Poems New and Collected 1957-1997,
trans. by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)


  1. I confess... some times on my darker days, the "Why me?" thoughts start to creep around my brain. This is such a wonderful poem to keep close as a reminder of all there is to love and be grateful for in life. I have been given "the memory of happy moments" and I am never "minus amazement". Thank you (and Wislawa) for the reminder!

    The sun lit up the clouds beautifully this morning, didn't it Ro? See you in a bit! xo

  2. Hi Ro,

    Another beautiful poem brought to me by you.

    Thank you. : )

    Have a terrific weekend.


  3. Hey sista, soul sista... (sung like Christina Aguilera in Moulin Rouge),

    You are somethin' you know that? I love the way you think. My first thought was:

    awwwwwww......this is awwwwwwesome!!

    I am always looking for an excuse to celebrate, so in case you are too, I thought I'd let you know that April is always a special month -- National Poetry Month.

    (Thank you, Ro, for taking the time to type this out!)

    Ro, Harsi, & Deb, I hope you enjoy the movie :) Please get some popcorn for me...yes to budda, no to salt! lol

    Have an excellent weekend all -- from start to finish.

  4. It's raining outside but when I came to your blog I swear I saw a ray of sunshine through the clouds.

    Have a wonderful weekend Ro!

  5. I think that frequently, I always thought of that when I was growing up...what a beautiful poem...happy weekend Ro! xoxo

  6. memories of happy moments, yes and this blog is one of them! thank you soar sisters!

  7. Jane Eyre a Bronte classic, the film, right on..very well done.
    Thank you Sweet Ro, and Harsi! It was great to meet you!
    Those clouds today just put the frosting on the cake!

  8. Always appreciate YOU Harsi you wouldn't want to be someone else.

    Thank you Cinder, you as well.

    Sista of Song! Thank you for the link! so far so good for this weekend I hope your is wondefilled as well. I'm glad you're you.

    Enjoy the rain Tess maybe you can relax a bit. Wear your crown :)

    I thought of that too when growing uo Mona, I guess we were just wondering who we'd turn out to be. xoxo

    The film , boots, friends and clouds couldn't be beat Deb!

  9. I am sincerely working on being happy to be ME -- thanks for being such a great cheerleader, Ro. :-)

    I did have a wonderful time yesterday... it was so nice to meet Deb in person! For those planning on seeing the movie for themselves -- best line, hands down -- "He is very changeful and abrupt."

    CHANGEFUL, what a marvelous word... I plan on using it often! *grin*

  10. and the boots, what else can we say?

  11. Aaahh yes... the boots! :-) Debbie, were you there when I was going on to Ro about Kevin Kline in the "Pirates of Penzance"? Well, for anyone who loves a man in tall boots or just happens to like amusing Gilbert & Sullivan musicals -- here's a clip: