Myself and My Person

by Anna Swir

English version by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan
Original Language Polish

There are moments
when I feel more clearly than ever
that I am in the company
of my own person.
This comforts and reassures me,
this heartens me,
just as my tridimensional body
is heartened by my own authentic shadow.

There are moments
when I really feel more clearly than ever
that I am in the company
of my own person.

I stop
at a street corner to turn left
and I wonder what would happen
if my own person walked to the right.

Until now that has not happened
but it does not settle the question.

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

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