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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

NPM: And Yet The Books

Posted by Irish in Uncategorized3 Comments

And Yet The Books
By: Czeslaw Milosz

And yet the books will be there on the shelves, separate beings,
That appeared once, still wet
As shining chestnuts under a tree in autumn,
And, touched, coddled, began to live
In spite of fires on the horizon, castles blown up,
Tribes on the march, planets in motion.
“We are, ” they said, even as their pages
Were being torn out, or a buzzing flame
Licked away their letters. So much more durable
Than we are, whose frail warmth
Cools down with memory, disperses, perishes.
I imagine the earth when I am no more:
Nothing happens, no loss, it’s still a strange pageant,
Women’s dresses, dewy lilacs, a song in the valley.
Yet the books will be there on the shelves, well born,
Derived from people, but also from radiance, heights.

3 Responses to “NPM: And Yet The Books”

  1. Tiffany Schmidt

    I hadn’t picked a poem for class today – I keep waiting for it to be spring-y enough to do Frost’s Rose Pagonias but so far Mother Nature’s been a bit cantankerous. Now I don’t have to choose one, or rather, I’m choosing yours. What a great poem!

  2. lilly

    I am not a fan of poetry really but I love that you picked Milosz. He is a great Polish writer and I do enjoy his work, especially this poem, how fitting to post one about books. Thank you again for spotlighting him.

  3. Irish

    Tiffany – glad I was able to help entertain and edu-ma-cate the 6th grade. =)also glad that you liked the poem.

    Lilly – glad you liked it too. I love Milosz’s poetry. One day I’ll get around to some of his other writings, but I find it hard to pull away from his poems.