Cyprian Kamil Norwid

1821-1883 / Poland

Tell Her - What?

Tell her - what?... Ah,! win her admiration
With not much to say;
Something - of general truths: as that day
And night mean the earth's full rotation!

That... during a single pulse-rate
The earth orbits through millions of miles
The axis poles eternally grate:
' Time - stirs the void - ­

That a year - means whole nature's tremor,
That the seasons - not simply
How waters melt and freeze
And that a heart beats for only an hour.

Tell her that...
...then discuss the weather ­
Where is it warmer ? Colder where ?
And add - what the fashion is this year
And not a word more.
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