we have before us an example of incorrect proportions.
Behold! the dinosaur's skeleton looms above--
on the left we see the tail trailing into one infinity,
on the right, the neck juts into another--
in between, four legs that finally mired in the slime
beneath this hillock of a trunk--
nature does not err, but it loves its little joke:
please note the laughably small head--
a head this size does not have room for foresight,
and that is why its owner is extinct--
a mind too small, an appetite too large,
more senseless sleep than prudent apprehension--
we're in far better shape in this regard,
life is beautiful and the world is ours--
the starry sky above the thinking reed
and moral law within it--
Most Reverend Deputation,
such success does not come twice
and perhaps beneath this single sun alone--
how deft the hands,
how eloquent the lips,
what a head on these shoulders--
Supremest of Courts,
so much responsibility in place of a vanished tail--
Thursday, March 15, 2007
wislawa szymborska DINOSAUR SKELETON
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