Wednesday, November 9, 2011

should, should not - czeslaw milosz

Should, Should Not
by Czeslaw Milosz

A man should not love the moon.
An ax should not lose weight in his hand.
His garden should smell of rotting apples
And grow a fair amount of nettles.
A man when he talks should not use words that are dear to him,
Or split open a seed to find out what is inside it.
He should not drop a crumb of bread, or spit in the fire
(So at least I was taught in Lithuania).
When he steps on marble stairs,
He may, the boor, try to chip them with his boot
As a reminder that the stars will not last forever.

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