Edutainment – Bouteiller’s English Teaching in Hong Kong

Love at First Sight by Wislawa Szymborska
October 7, 2008, 9:41 am
Filed under: * Poems & Songs - Music *, My Weekly Journal

Autumn breeze + Jazz(/Maroon 5 :-P) + Szymborska’s poem = a morning chill

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Love at First Sight

by Wislawa Szymborska

They both thought
that a sudden feeling had united them
This certainty is beautiful,
Even more beautiful than uncertainty.

They thought they didn’t know each other,
nothing had ever happened between them,
These streets, these stairs, this corridors,
Where they could have met so long ago?

I would like to ask them,
if they can remember –
perhaps in a revolving door
face to face one day?
A “sorry” in the crowd?
“Wrong number” on the ‘phone?
– but I know the answer.
No, they don’t remember.

How surprised they would be
For such a long time already
Fate has been playing with them.

Not quite yet ready
to change into destiny,
which brings them nearer and yet further,
cutting their path
and stifling a laugh,
escaping ever further;
There were sings, indications,
undecipherable, what does in matter.
Three years ago, perhaps
or even last Tuesday,
this leaf flying
from one shoulder to another?
Something lost and gathered.
Who knows, perhaps a ball already
in the bushes, in childhood?

There were handles, door bells,
where, on the trace of a hand,
another hand was placed;
suitcases next to one another in the
left luggage.
And maybe one night the same dream
forgotten on walking;

But every beginning
is only a continuation
and the book of fate is
always open in the middle.

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Love at First Sight is one of Szymborska’s great poems. I love how we never know if the person we are walking past could be ‘the one.’ I wrote a song based on this poem called “Love @ First Sight.” There is also a song in Polish that was used in the French Film “Red” by Zbigniew Preisner. You can check out my tribute to Szymborska at

Comment by closerocean

Thank you for your sharing! 🙂

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