Zbigniew Herbert

Here you will find the Poem Episode of poet Zbigniew Herbert


We walk by the sea-shore 
holding firmly in our hands 
the two ends of an antique dialogue 
?do you love me? 
?I love you 

with furrowed eyebrows 
I summarize all wisdom 
of the two testaments 
astrologers prophets 
philosophers of the gardens 
and cloistered philosophers 

and it sounds about like this: 
?don?t cry 
?be brave 
?look how everybody 

you pout your lips and say 
?you should be a clergyman 
and fed up you walk off 
nobody loves moralists 

what should I say on the shore of 
a small dead sea 

slowly the water fills 
the shapes of feet which have vanished