Thursday, December 1, 2022



Concerned Carol


See, see, a star in the sky

A new light has brightened the darkness.

The people have sat down at their set tables,

On which an empty plate waits for Godot!


The people have sat down in a joyful mood.

Breaking the wafer, they make wishes:

Health and happiness, everything you need.


The sated people sing carols,

about a poor boy who was born

in a lonely shed and among strangers

And an empty plate is waiting for a wanderer!


At the same time - homeless Franek

in someone else's barn in the village of Powsinoga

lying on the hay, still smelling of summer

sharing his bread with the farmer's burqa.


There was no place for them among the people at the table,

happily, however, when they look up at the star

Thinking that maybe things will change.


So to you, Frank, and to all the homeless

For those who are lonely but not alone

May this star brighten your ordinary days

For, after all, you are all loved.




Secularism is the ability of will, thought and conscience,

always using one's own reason,

But concepts, unlike proper names,

but concepts, unlike proper names, are like a double-edged sword,

because they are not bound to any substance.


A rake is used to rake.

Water, because it flows, turns clay into mud;

A nightingale, because it sings among the leaves.

Concepts, however, need to be filled with content,

and this comes from understanding the essence,

or from learning the definition that others have given.


It all depends on whether you are free,

or taken captive by others' thinking;

whether you have taken lessons from Socrates or from Jesus;

or whether you learned concepts from Aristotle.


According to the former: justice means

- being righteous;

Truthfulness, that you abhor lies.

According to Aristotle and Paul of Tarsus,

That you possess knowledge through others given to you

and you do as you are told;

- as the law allows you to do.


Because secularism has two different meanings,

depending on whether the light of your thoughts and actions

you nurture within yourself, for it is a flame,

a daily concern - a free conscience,

which determines your behaviour

- influences the will to act and to know.

Or is it the light not of your own but of another's spirit,

in which you are enslaved and must obey.


Hence the division between clergy

and laity in the church.

The clergy are those whom the Holy Spirit enlightens.

The laity are those who are taught by catechists

- or chaplains.


So if you carry the light within you

And you hear the voice of your heart, thoughts and conscience,

You use your intuition and your reason

- You are enlightened.

If, however, a ray of light and a voice from outside flow,

then you are not enlightened but enlightened,

you must be faithful and submissive - to those,

who govern you - with your understanding of the essence of things

- and also with your conscience.


Let us therefore be like the Earth, which shines with the radiance of life,

and not like the Moon with the light reflected from the Sun.

Otherwise, woe to men if they do not define the needs of the Earth.

Woe to them if they exceed them,

dreaming of life on other planets,

or an eternity in heaven, instead of in the memory

- another human being.


Woe to the people if they do not put down their weapons

and do not awaken their dormant consciences and thinking,

because then a new Auschwitz will happen

and life will be destroyed by the atomic bomb.

Then the Earth will also lose its light

And will be covered with moon dust.




The light that in the darkness was,

a rainbow shone in the sky,

showing the way up

and back to earth,

but only the simple folk understood,

that EQUALITY, CARE and LOVE meant.


For the rainbow is joy.

A rainbow is a smile.

A rainbow is a sign of friendship,

a warm touch.

A rainbow full of colours

- Harmony and a sign of peace.


But those who gaze into themselves,

- who listen to themselves

In everything seek

In everything they look for their own benefit.

They despise the radiance of the colours of the rainbow,

As they despise everything that cannot be

cannot be turned into profit.


They love only the colours of the black and white

and those who gather

around their banners;

nation, race, sexuality and faith,

who dream of ever-new territories.

They do not see the rainbow

in the blue sky,

wanting to create on earth

a veritable paradise for themselves.

But for the "outsiders", the "unwanted"

- a veritable hell and chains.


For them, the glow of the rainbow "spreads the plague"

into their lurid world,

because it announces unity in its diversity;

the law of care and love beyond the fists of the law.


It signifies the freedom of tormented women,

Who by compulsion will no longer give birth,

But of their own choice and will.

They will walk with their heads uncovered

with their hair blown by the wind

Or braided - in sunny weather.

For the rainbow that shines among the clouds


 For those with and without gender difference.


For the rainbow is joy.

A rainbow is a smile.

A rainbow a sign of friendship,

A warm touch.

A rainbow full of colours

- harmony and a sign of peace.




MARIAN DZIWISZ born on 01.01.1943 in the village of Michałowice near Krakow. Graduated from Primary School in Wola Zachariaszowska; Lower Seminary of the XX Missionaries in Cracow (1961). He obtained a master's degree in Polish philology at the Higher School of Pedagogy in Kraków (1966, now the Pedagogical University) and a doctorate in philosophy (1980). He was editor and secretary of the following editorial teams: socio-cultural monthlies: "ZDANIE"; "PISMO LITERACKO - ARTYSTYCZNE" and "FORMUM MYŚLI WOLNEJ" in Krakow; adjunct professor at the Institute of Teacher Education, ODN in Krakow; teacher of Polish language in high schools and technical high schools; lecturer of philo-zophy at Krakow universities, including postgraduate studies in philosophy/ethics for teachers at the Krakow Institute of Education Development. Between 1987 and 1989 he became interested in religious studies and became co-editor of an anthology of texts: "Buddhism" (1987); "Taoism" (1988) and editor of the anthology "Judaism" (1989) published as part of the library of "Pisma Literacko - Artystyczny". He is the author of the philosophy and religious studies entries to the "Popular Encyclopedia Powszechna" published in 1995-1998 by the FOGRA Publishing Office in Krakow. He made his debut as a poet in 1978. Later, his poems were published in, among others: "Zdania", "Okolic", "Pisma Literacko-Artystyczny" until 1990. His poetry volumes include "Ergo sum" 2007, "Madonna" 2011, "Categorical imperative" 2014, "Tak sobie" 2020, "Paradise apple tree" 2021, "NASZA POWINNOŚĆ - OUR DUTY" - Polish-English volume 2021; "Michałówka moja mała ojczyzna" 2022; "Tajemnice rajskiego ogrodu" 2022. In 2015 - 2017 three volumes of short stories "Semper in altum - Always Rising" in LSW. Since 1987 he has published a number of scientific and popular science articles in journals. He is a member of: Creative Arts and Letters Association; SAPS. Association of Artists and Writers of the World; International Union of Humanists - WORLD UNION OF HUMANISTS. He lives in Krakow - Poland.

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