Saturday, August 12, 2017

pebble





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The pebble
is a perfect creature
equal to itself
mindful of its limits  
filled exactly
with a pebbly meaning
 
with a scent that does not remind one of anything
does not frighten anything away does not arouse desire
 
its ardour and coldness
are just and full of dignity
 
I feel a heavy remorse
when I hold it in my hand
and its noble body
is permeated by false warmth
 
- Pebbles cannot be tamed -
to the end they will look at us
with a calm and very clear eye



–Zbigniew Herbert
Peter Dale Scott and
Czesław Miłosz

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