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The Blue Moon Review
 

 
First Love
by Wislawa Szymborska
translated by Joanna Trzeciak

They say
the first love is the most important.
That's very romantic
but it's not the case with me.

There was something between us yet there wasn't.
It transpired and expired.

My hands don't tremble,
when I stumble upon small mementos
or a stack of letters wrapped in twine
—not even a ribbon.

Our only meeting after all these years
is a conversation between two chairs
at a cold table.

Other loves
still breathe deeply within me.
This one lacks the breath to sigh.

But still, just the way it is,
it can do what the rest are not yet able to do:
unremembered
not even dreamt of
it accustoms me to death.

Wislawa Szymborska, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature, has published ten volumes of poetry over the past five decades. "First Love" comes from her most recent volume Chwila [A Moment] published in August 2002. She lives in Krakow, Poland.

Joanna Trzeciak lives in Portland, Oregon. Her translations have appeared in The New Yorker, The Times Literary Supplement, Harper's Magazine, and The Atlantic Monthly. Her translation of Wislawa Szymborska's Miracle Fair (W.W. Norton) was awarded the Heldt Translation Prize in 2001.

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