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My Sovereignty

自由的精神就是对自己是否正确不是很有把握的精神。——哈耶克

 
 
 

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Wislawa Szymborska  

2013-01-27 11:42:11|  分类: 默认分类 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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AMONG THE MULTITUDES 
 
I am who I am.
A coincidence no less unthinkable 
than any other.
 
I could have different
ancestors, after all.
I could have fluttered
from another nest
or crawled bescaled
from another tree. 
 
Nature's wardrobe
holds a fair 
supply of costumes:
Spider, seagull, fieldmouse.
each fits perfectly right off
and is dutifully worn
into shreds.
 
I didn't get a choice either,
but I can't complain.
I could have been someone
much less separate.
someone from an anthill, shoal, or buzzing swarm,
an inch of landscape ruffled by the wind.
 
Someone much less fortunate,
bred for my fur
or Christmas dinner,
something swimming under a square of glass.
 
A tree rooted to the ground
as the fire draws near.
 
A grass blade trampled by a stampede
of incomprehensible events.
 
A shady type whose darkness
dazzled some.
 
What if I'd prompted only fear,
Loathing,
or pity?
 
If I'd been born
in the wrong tribe 
with all roads closed before me?
 
Fate has been kind  
to me thus far. 
 
I might never have been given
the memory of happy moments

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