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An Apple Orchard

written by: Janina Osewska

translated by: Karol Chojnowski and Desmond Graham


I remember every apple-tree
I was able to climb

up there in the branches
was freedom and feastday

with a liturgy of smells and sensations
the stickiness of resin and the taste of apples

greenish-purple leaves
hearing confession

a time for relief
like a branch yielding fruit to the grass

today I am going back down
the steps of a ladder of days to that orchard

and deeper

Sad Jabłkowy

written by: Janina Osewska


pamiętam każdą jabłoń
na którą udało się wspiąć

na górze pomiędzy konarami
czuło się wolność i było święto

z liturgią smaków i zapachów
lepkiej żywicy i malinówek

zielonopurpurowe liście
przyjmowały spowiedź –

nastawał czas ulgi podobnej tej
gdy gałąź oddaje owoc trawie

dzisiaj po szczeblach dni
schodzę do tamtego sadu
coraz głębiej

i głębiej

Janina Osewska

Janina Osewska

Janina Osewska – poet and photographer. Graduated from the Bialystok University of Technology. Completed post-graduate studies at the University of Warsaw in the field of pedagogy and post-graduate studies at the Warsaw University of Technology in the field of computer science. A member of The Polish Writers Association and Academia Europea Sarbieviana.
Published four volumes of poetry: ‘W stronę ciszy’ (Eng. ‘Towards silence’, 2003), ‘Do czasu przyszłego’ (Eng. ‘Until the time to come’, 2007), ‘Tamto’ (Eng. ‘That’, 2015) and ‘Niebieska chwila’ (Eng. ‘Blue moment’, 2017). Her poems were published in numerous journals in the country and abroad. She has participated in international literary festivals in the US, Ireland and Lithuania. Her poems have been translated into English, German, Lithuanian, Czech and Ukrainian. She is a laureate of a Grand Prix (2004) and an award (2005) in the International Poetry Competition in the US. She was also shortlisted at Stokestown International Poetry Prize in Ireland in 2015. In 2017 she was granted a creative scholarship of the Podlaskie voivodeship marshal.
She is also engaged in photography.
She was born and lives in Poland (Augustów).
Janina Osewska

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