Nothing Twice

Nothing can ever happen twice.
In consequence, the sorry fact is
that we arrive here improvised
and leave without the chance to practice. 

Even if there is no one dumber,
if you’re the planet’s biggest dunce,
you can’t repeat the class in summer:
this course is only offered once. 

No day copies yesterday,
no two nights will teach what bliss is
in precisely the same way,
with precisely the same kisses. 

One day, perhaps some idle tongue
mentions your name by accident:
I feel as if a rose were flung
into the room, all hue and scent. 

The next day, though you’re here with me,
I can’t help looking at the clock:
A rose? A rose? What could that be?
Is it a flower or a rock? 

Why do we treat the fleeting day
with so much needless fear and sorrow?
It’s in its nature not to stay:
Today is always gone tomorrow. 

With smiles and kisses, we prefer
to seek accord beneath our star,
although we’re different (we concur)
just as two drops of water are. 

translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak 

Wislawa Szymborska
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8 Responses to Nothing Twice

  1. Your words have such deep meaning and just as water slips between our fingers we just can not hold onto yesterday nor see exactly or repeat our lessons and visions. You have my mind going with the thoughts you share here. This is what I enjoy the most about being here…you make us ponder and muse…it’s a wonderful gift.

    • poojycat says:

      I love Wislawa Szymborska and her poems as they just speak what is in my heart and mind 🙂 Thank you Marie for such a nice and warm words – I am truly happy that I make you feel like that! And it just gives me more courage to post and post and post 😀 yay!!!

  2. Ian Moone says:

    very nice Wislawa Szymborska has some great words, the picture goes really well

  3. Robyn Lee says:

    This is fantastic Poojycat!! both photo and sentiments. Thank you!

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