Lightly Child, Lightly.

Whether in daytime or nighttime
I always carry inside
a light.
In the middle of noise and turmoil
I carry silence.
Always
I carry light and silence.”

Anna Swir, “There Is A Light In Me”, trans. Czeslaw Milosz & Leonard Nathan, in “Talking to My Body”


Notes:

  • DK Photo: Moonlight. Calf Pasture Beach. 5:25 am. May 1, 2021
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

Comments

  1. sometimes we lose it for a bit, but it’s always inside us

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  2. Words and picture – perfect.

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  3. Lovely pal. Hope you’re travelling into the city and back in this bubble. Serenity now! 😉

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  4. Beautiful — Swir held the silence and the light with fierce, gentle words

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  5. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    DAYBREAK!! … “Always I carry light and silence.” – Anna Swir, “There Is A Light In Me”, trans. Czeslaw Milosz & Leonard Nathan, in “Talking to My Body”.

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  6. that was so heartwrenchingly beautiful that I had to search for more of her work. Did you know this?:

    A member of the Resistance during the Nazi occupation and a military nurse in a makeshift hospital during the Warsaw Uprising, Anna Swir once waited an hour fully expecting to be executed. Affected deeply by her experience, she wrote poetry which rejected the grand gestures of war in favor of a world cast in miniature, a world in which the body and individual survive.

    Thank me later! (Amazing translations!)

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  7. I needed to read this now. Thank you.

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