I Talk To My Body

by Anna Swir

English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan
Original Language Polish

My body, you are an animal
whose appropriate behavior
is concentration and discipline.
An effort
of an athlete, of a saint and of a yogi.

Well trained,
you may become for me
a gate
through which I will leave myself
and a gate
through which I will enter myself.
A plumb line to the center of the earth
and a cosmic ship to Jupiter.

My body, you are an animal
for whom ambition
is right.
Splendid possibilities
are open to us.

-- from Talking to My Body, by Anna Swir / Translated by Czeslaw Milosz

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