Saturday, 28 March 2015

A path in the woods - Anna Kamienska

I don’t trust the truth of memories
because what leaves us
departs forever
There’s only one current of this sacred river
but I still want to remain faithful
to my first astonishments
to recognize as wisdom the child’s wonder
and to carry in myself until the end a path
in the woods of my childhood
dappled with patches of sunlight
to search for it everywhere
in museums in the shade of churches
this path on which I ran unaware
a six-year old
toward my primary mysterious aloneness

Anna Kamienska (1920 – 1986) Poland
Translated by Grazyna Drabik and David Curzon

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