chapter VI

“In the Midst of Life”

Tadeusz Różewicz



After the end of the world

after death

I found myself in the midst of life

creating myself

building life

people animals landscapes




this is a table I said

this is a table

on the table is bread a knife

a knife is to cut bread


man must be loved

I studied nicht and day

what must be loved

I answered man


this is a window I said

this is a window

beyond the window is a garden

in the garden I see an apple tree

the apple tree is in bloom

the blossoms fall

the fruits form


my father picks an apple

that man picking the apple

is my father

I sat in the doorway of my house

that old woman who

is leading a goat by a rope

is more necessary

and more precious

than the seven wonders of the world

anyone who thinks and feels

that she is not necessary

is a mass-murder

this is a man

this is a tree

this is bread

people eat to live

I repeated to myself

human life is important





human life is of great import

the value of life

ourweighs the value of all things

creatied by man

man is a great treasure

I kept repeating stubbornly

this is water I said

I stroked the waves with my hand

and talked to the river

water I said

nice water

this is me

a man was talkint to the water

talkint to the moon

the flowers the rain

talking to the warth

the birds

the sky





the sky was silent

the earth was silent

if we heard a voice


from earth water and sky

it was the voice of another man