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nonreading

Bookstores don't provide
a remote control for Proust,
you can't switch
to a soccer match,
or a quiz show, win a Cadillac.

We live longer
but less precisely
and in shorter sentences.

We travel faster, farther, more often,  
but bring back slides instead of memories.
Here I am with some guy.
There I guess that's my ex.
Here's everyone naked
so this must be a beach.

Seven volumes - mercy.
Couldn't it be cut or summarized,
or better yet put into pictures.
There was that series called "The Doll,"
but my sister-in-law says that's some other P.

And by the way, who was he anyway.
They say he wrote in bed for years on end.
Page after page
at a snail's pace.
But we're still going in fifth gear
and, knock on wood, never better.

- Wisława Szymborska, from 'Here' (2009).

Her Nobel Lecture (1996) also makes for an interesting read, a plea for a "questing" outlook on life.

Whatever inspiration is, it's born from a continuous "I don't know."
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