May 14, 2006

A Flamingo's Dream

WATER water water. And nothing but water.
If only an inch of land! An inch of no-matter-what land!
To set one foot on! If only!

We begged the gods for that! All of them!
Water gods, land gods, southern gods, northern gods,
For an inch, a strip, a scrap of any kind of land!
No more than just to support one claw of one foot!
And nothing. Only water. Nothing except water.
Water water water.
If only a speck of land!
There is no salvation.

Aleksander Wat in “Postwar Polish Poetry”, edited by Czeslaw Milosz


- 2 comments by 1 or more people

  1. El

    That made me thirsty all of a sudden.

    14 May 2006, 18:57

  2. Hmm… yeah… water, nothing but water… Though usually the sound of running water makes you wanna go to the loo…?

    14 May 2006, 19:39


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