Trite Rhymes by Wisława Szymborska

A great joy: flower upon flower,
the branches stretch in pristine blue,
but there’s a greater: today’s Tuesday,
tomorrow will bring mail from you,
and still greater: the letter trembles,
strange reading it in spots of sun,
and still greater: just a week now,
now just four days, now it’s begun,
and still greater: I kneel on top
and make the suitcase lid shut tight,
and still greater: the train at seven,
just one ticket, thanks, that’s right,
and still greater: rushing windows,
with view on view on view on view,
and still greater: dark and darker,
by nighttime I will be with you,
and still greater: the door opens,
and still greater: past the door,
and still greater: flower on flower.
– Ohhh, who are all these roses for?


Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) is a Polish poet who received a Nobel prize in Literature. During her lifetime, Szymborska authored more than fifteen books of poetry. We like her “Trite Rhymes” a lot. The poem was written between 1944 and 1948 and yet it feels very relatable nowadays, it’ s a poem about love, travel, anticipation and perhaps of a long distance relationship?

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