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Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Ecological Approach

Kabaty Forest, Warsaw  (Source: CobraVerde, Wikicommons)
Ryszard Kapuscinski was a Polish writer known more for journalism than poetry. From Notes, his first collection of poetry, Ecology" (Ekologia) offers an alternative response to being stuck or broken down from Brecht's "Changing the Wheel" (in yesterday's post).

And when we are stuck in the ruts of a Polish road
that means
we are stuck for good in the sands of history
and even the horses of our dreams whipped on
will not be able to achieve a single step
do not curse the earth
do not condemn the world or fate
a bird flies
the forest rustles
a dung beetle a cockchafer a ladybug wander the path

life goes on
we exist

(tr. BTB)

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