11 December 2012

Obviously

Of course I don't say what I really think.
Polite society deserves respect.
And one should not reveal in talk or print
The doleful secrets of our common flesh.
For we, the weak and helpless, have been dared
To lift ourselves an inch above our heads,
To be able to say to someone in despair,
"I've lived who also wished that I were dead."


—Milosz