A Ballad of Going Down To The Store
First I went down to the street
by means of the stairs,
just imagine it,
by means of the stairs.
Then people known to people unknown
passed me by and I passed them by.
that you did not see
how people walk,
I entered a complete store:
lamps of glass were glowing.
I saw somebody — he sat down —
and what did I hear? what did I hear?
rustling of bags and human talk.
translated from the Polish by Czeslaw Milosz