[in english] Four a.m.

Ten wiersz jest autorstwa Wisława Szymborska.

The hour between night and day.
The hour between toss and turn.
The hour of thirty-year-olds.

The hour swept clean for rooster`s crowing.
The hour when the earth takes back its warm embrace.
The hour of cool drafts from extinguished stars.
The hour of do-we-vanish-too-without-a-trace.

Empty hour.
Hollow. Vain.
Rock bottom of all the other hours.

No one feels fine at four a.m.
If ants feel fine at four a.m.,
we`re happy for the ants. And let five a.m. come
if we`ve got to go on living.

(trans. by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh)