One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Didn't Know This Szymborska Poem Till Now: "Photograph from September 11"


Photograph from September 11

They jumped from the burning floors—                                      
one, two, a few more,
higher, lower.
The photograph halted them in life,
and now keeps them  
above the earth toward the earth.
Each is still complete,
with a particular face
and blood well hidden.
There’s enough time
for hair to come loose,
for keys and coins
to fall from pockets.
They’re still within the air’s reach,
within the compass of places
that have just now opened.
I can do only two things for them—
describe this flight
and not add a last line.


Translated by Clare Cavanagh and Stanislaw Baranczak
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