Poem for June 30

July 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

THE CROSS AND THE CHILD

I

“Oh, Dad! your boat
Is headed for the bridge —
The mast will hit it!… Turn back…
Or all is lost.

II

Look! a cross, that’s
A dangerous cross —
The mast, it’s upward bearing,
The bridge lies across –”

III

“Oh — son! don’t be afraid:
This is — a salvation-sign;
Let’s sail on — at any rate —
Look, how? it’s changing…

*

Here — upward, a-cross
All’s the same — and yet–”

*

“And where is the cross?…”

*

“It became our gate.”

 

-Cyprian Norwid, from Poems (Archipelago Books, 2011 – translated from the Polish by Danuta Borchardt)

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