"Niech żyje nam towarzysz Stalin, co usta słodsze ma od malin".
Excellent. This is one of her best ones.
"So suddenly, who could have seen it coming"
"stress and smoking, I kept telling him"
"not bad, thanks, and you"
"these flowers need to be unwrapped"
"his brother's heart gave out too, it runs in the family"
"I'd never know you in that beard"
"he was asking for it, always mixed up in something"
"that new guy was going to make a speech, I don't see him"
"Kazek's in Warsaw, Tadek's gone abroad"
"you were smart, you brought the only umbrella"
"so what if he was more talented than them"
Some details in this poem suggest the setting of this poem to be Kraków's oldest cemetery, Cmentarz Rakowicki (picture above), where some of Poland's major artists and politicians are buried. This is why the casual conversations in the back rows of the funeral crowd contrast with the solemnity of the place as well as of the occasion.
"no, it's a walk-through room, Barbara won't take it"
"of course he was right, but that's no excuse"
"with bodywork and paint, just guess how much"
At this point, the friends of the deceased are discussing the future assignment of the deceased's room in a shared apartment - one of the more common nightmares of living under communism, the many shortages of which included that of housing.
"two egg yolks and a tablespoon of sugar"
"none of his business, what was in it for him"
"only in blue and just small sizes"
"five times and never any answer"
"all right, so I could have, but you could have too"
"good thing that at least she still has a job"
"don't know, relatives, I guess"
A traditional cure for the sore throat.
"that priest looks just like Belmondo"
"I've never been in this part of the grounds"
"I dreamed about him last week, I had a feeling"
"his daughter's not bad looking"
"the way of all flesh"
"give my best to the widow, I've got to run"
Jean-Paul Belmondo, actor, 1960's/70's male sex symbol of the French cinema.
"it all sounded so much more solemn in Latin"
"what's gone is gone"
"I could sure use a drink"
"give me a call"
"which bus goes downtown"
"I'm going this way"
"we re not"