Dzięki, Piotrowi Olsztynu aka 'Peter Allenstein' LOL
I readily realize the mistake....(yes, it was a basic one, apologies)
As I said, I started running out of patience with the halting English of my friends from Rzeszow, and so I decided I'd better simply bone up on my Polish.
While I'm scarcely chastising the Germans I encountered for not knowing Emily Dickenson, if one doesn't know literature, how is one to (literally!!!) sound literate in the language they are speaking?? Once there was a higher standard in America. Even TV was once the gold-plate ring which we all strove to emulate, e.g. the late Walter Cronkite, Jack Paar etc..
See any of those guys on the horizon?? I sure don't!
Back to Polish, I always loved Jan Brzechwa's verse, used to play Chopin and was hooked on Polish cinema. So, there ya go:-)