October 27, 2017 Poetry , POETRY / FICTION

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Eliza Segiet







He wrote his life out in stages:

spread out

like notes on a staff.


He was born ten years

before it started.


He did not manage to remember his childhood –

he had to be an adult then.


He also missed his old age –

suddenly came out death

dressed as a gendarme.


It was laughing at the little boy

with his trousers down.








What if you

rock the memories,

and hear

how much they wanted to live?

What if you

rock the echoes of the past?


How did people differ then?

By faith, by dreams?

Some ate bread from the oven –

I did not –

I think I did not like to.



Tell me, grandfather,

why, to take a bath,

were they going by train?


I don’t know –

I don’t think I remember.








You know

that people have no influence

on their origin.

It is impossible to make a correction.


We are born as heirs

and donors,

but we can all love the same.








On the cadaverous hand

the inarticulate armbands

with the Star of David said:



here goes the Other.


The pronounced one in the crowd




those who protect me –

let me keep

my dignity


but he wondered

whether life

is good –

not worse than death?






Eliza Segiet

Eliza Segiet – A Jagiellonian University graduate with a Master’s Degree in Philosophy. Completed postgraduate studies in Cultural Knowledge, Philosophy, Penal Fiscal and Economic Law, and Creative Writing at Jagiellonian University, as well as Film and Television Production in Lodz.


poetry collections:

2013 Love Affair with Oneself; original title: Romans z sobq [publisher: Sowello]

2014 Thought Mirages; original title: Myslne miraze [publisher: Miniatura]

2016 Cloudiness; original title: Chmurnosc [publisher: Signo]


2015 Clearances; original title: Przeswity [publisher: Signo]

2017 Tandem original title: Tandem [publisher: Signo]

2017 Thought Mirages; original title: Myslne miraze [publisher: Sowello], second edition

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