Friday, December 26, 2008

Our sixth wedding anniversary

True Love
True love. Is it normal
is it serious, is it practical?
What does the world get from two people
who exist in a world of their own?

Placed on the same pedestal for no good reason,
drawn randomly from millions but convinced
it had to happen this way - in reward for what?
For nothing.
The light descends from nowhere.
Why on these two and not on others?
Doesn't this outrage justice? Yes it does.
Doesn't it disrupt our painstakingly erected principles,
and cast the moral from the peak? Yes on both accounts.

Look at the happy couple.
Couldn't they at least try to hide it,
fake a little depression for their friends' sake?
Listen to them laughing - its an insult.
The language they use - deceptively clear.
And their little celebrations, rituals,
the elaborate mutual routines -
it's obviously a plot behind the human race's back!

It's hard even to guess how far things might go
if people start to follow their example.
What could religion and poetry count on?
What would be remembered? What renounced?
Who'd want to stay within bounds?

True love. Is it really necessary?
Tact and common sense tell us to pass over it in silence,
like a scandal in Life's highest circles.
Perfectly good children are born without its help.
It couldn't populate the planet in a million years,
it comes along so rarely.

Let the people who never find true love
keep saying that there's no such thing.

Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die.
Wislawa Szymborska
I love you baby
Polish version (Polska wersja)

Friday, December 19, 2008

Christmas trip delayed

Chicago is covered with snow. We are enjoying our time in Mac and Erin's house in a role of unexpected guests/prisoners of the weather. Last Tuesday we got stuck in a nerve-racking traffic on the way to Chicago's O'Hare airport. We drove in excruciating speed of 2 mph for more than three hours and as a result we missed our flight to Europe:-( Apparently it was the the worst commute in Chicago since Valentine's Day 1991. The next possible flight connection that does not require paying additional three thousand dollars is on Saturday. Thank goodness for great friends and place to stay. And Lucy loves visiting her godparents! As far as she's concern the so far Christmas trip works perfect!