“Let us hurry to love people they depart so quickly” Jan Twardowski

Let Us Hurry

Let us love people now they leave us so fast 
The shoes remain empty and the phone rings on
What's unimportant drags on like a cow
The meaningful sudden takes us by surprise
The silence that follows so normal it's
Hideous like chastity born most simply from despair
When we think of someone who's been taken from us.

Don't be sure you have time for there's no assurance
As all good fortune security deadens the senses
It comes simultaneously like pathos and humour
Like two passions not as strong as one
They leave fast grow silent like a thrush in July
Like a sound somewhat clumsy or a polite bow
To truly see they close their eyes
Though to be born is more of risk than to die
We love still too little and always too late.

Don't write of it too often but write once and for all
And you'll become like dolphin both gentle and strong.

Let us love people now they leave us so fast
And the ones who don't leave won't always return
And you never know while speaking of love
If the first one is last or the last one first.

 by x Jan Twardowski

In memory of my Grandparents and Marianna…

Source: Jan Twardowski

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8 thoughts on ““Let us hurry to love people they depart so quickly” Jan Twardowski

  1. It is beautiful poem by catholic priest. The original ( in polish) is more beautiful.
    śpieszmy się kochać ludzi tak szybko odchodzą

  2. My Mother is 87 and she lives with me. Although her health is general good, she has “adventures” and is so fragile. She’s now my “baby” where I was once hers. This poem gives voice to my thoughts which are always in the back of my mind when I look at her, especially at night.
    Thank you very much.

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