Praise the Full World


Not from tonight, but same place, many of the same people.


A night of birthday drinks; too many collusions, too many stories to tell, too many narratives to name. I don’t believe in a mutilated world, but this poem spoke to me, still:

Try To Praise the Mutilated World 
Adam Zagajewski

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June’s long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You’ve seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you’ve heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth’s scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the grey feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.


The summer is here already, even if just in spirit. The light has returned to our eyes.

Good night, T.



5 thoughts on “Praise the Full World

  1. Thanks for this prayer. I like the way the title is condensed from “beautiful world” to “full world”, and can imagine the poet doing it. How can I post a poem to you in response to this one? Just here in responses?

    • Hi Sandra – Please definitely post any poems or replies, and you can feel free to do it here in responses =). We’ll weave ourselves many threads of poetry. Thanks for coming by and checking our letters!

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