The only wise man with an umbrella

“it’s all his fault, he was always up to some funny business”
“the new one was to give a speech, can’t see him, though”
“Kazek’s in Warsaw and Tadek abroad”
“you’re the only wise one here, having an umbrella”
“it won’t help him now that he was the most talented of them all”

A Funeral – Wislawa Szymborska
Translated from the Polish by Mikołaj Sekrecki

It is all his fault,the dead man’s.Always upto some funny business .And now there is no one to give a speech.Kazek is in Warsaw and Tadek abroad.

You are the only wise one here,having an umbrella.


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