Anna Kamienska

      A Prayer That Will Be Answered

Lord let me suffer much
and then die

Let me walk through silence
and leave nothing behind not even fear

Make the world continue
let the ocean kiss the sand just as before

Let the grass stay green
so that frogs can hide in it

so that someone can bury his face in it
and sob out his love

Make the day rise brightly
as if there were no more pain

And let my poem stand clear as a windowpane
bumped by a bumblebee's head

   Polish; trans. Thomas P. Krzeszowski
        & Desmond Graham

Anna Kamienska, Polish, trans. Thomas P.
Krzeszowski & Desmond Graham, Two Darknesses,
Flambard Press, 1997.