Nothing Twice

 

Nothing can ever happen twice.

In consequence, the sorry fact is

that we arrive here improvised

and leave without the chance to practice.

 

Even if there is no one dumber,

and youíre the planets biggest dunce,

you canít repeat the class in summer:

this course is only offered once.

 

No day copies yesterday,

no two nights will teach what bliss is

in precisely the same way,

with exactly the same kisses.

 

One day perhaps some idle tongue

mentions your name by accident:

I feel as if a rose were flung

into the room, all hue and scent.

 

The next day, though youíre here with me,

I canít help looking at the clock:

A rose? A rose? What could that be?

Is it a flower or a rock?

 

Why do we treat the fleeting day

with so much needless fear and sorrow?

Itís in its nature not to stay:

Today is always gone tomorrow.

 

With smiles and kisses, we prefer

to seek accord beneath our star,

although weíre different (we concur)

just as two drops of water are.

 

 

 

Wisława Szymborska†† †††††††††††

(from Calling out to Yeti 1957)