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Sundays are for Poetry

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Possibilities

I prefer movies.
I prefer cats.
I prefer the oaks along the Warta.
I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky.
I prefer myself liking people
to myself loving mankind.
I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case.
I prefer the color green.
I prefer not to maintain
that reason is to blame for everything.
I prefer exceptions.
I prefer to leave early.
I prefer talking to doctors about something else.
I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations.
I prefer the absurdity of writing poems
to the absurdity of not writing poems.
I prefer, where love's concerned, nonspecific anniversaries
that can be celebrated every day.
I prefer moralists
who promise me nothing.
I prefer cuning kindness to the overtrustful kind.
I prefer the earth in civvies.
I prefer conquered to conquering countries.
I prefer having some reservations.
I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order.
I prefer the Grimms' fairy tales to the newspapers' front pages.
I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves.
I prefer dogs with uncropped tails.
I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark.
I prefer desk drawers.
I prefer many things that I haven't mentioned here
to the many things I've also left unsaid.
I prefer zeros on the loose
to those lined up behind a cipher.
I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.
I prefer to knock on wood.
I prefer not to ask how much longer and when.
I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility
that existence has its own reason for being.

                                --- Wislawa Szymborska
                                      Poems New and Collected

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Bonny

She is probably my favorite poet, and this is one of my favorite poems. There are so many wonderful lines to contemplate -- and make me wish I could invite her for dinner, wine, and a chat!

Baclancy

Oh this is nice! I didn't know this poet before, but I'll have to do some exploring. :-)

margene

This is the first Szymborska poem I read when she won the Nobel and I became an instant fan.

Jo

I prefer Sunday poetry!

Mary

oh yay! I was hoping you'd share a bit of her poetry... I too prefer zeroes on the loose!

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