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Dear One

the Greatest Love

by anna swir

She is sixty. She lives

the greatest love of her life.
She walks arm-in-arm with her dear one,

her hair streams in the wind.
Her dear one says:
“You have hair like pearls.”

Her children say:
“Old fool.”

Reprinted from Talking to My Body (1996) by Anna Swir, translated by Czeslaw Milosz and Leonard Nathan. Used by permission of Copper Canyon Press,

find more about the poet anna swir @ poetry foundation

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