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The Poetry of Halina Poswiatowska

Syndic No.4

Dedicated to Halina Poswiatowska

“The Poet of Love” 1960s


you ask – what camels haul in their saddle-bags
they carry my heart across the desert
since you left me
I remain alone
under the yellow sun
the earth is scorched and human hearts are
hollow the source of tenderness beats not for me
sometimes I see you
but with my outstretched arms
touch only
my thought about you
you ask – what camels haul in their saddle-bags
they carry my heart across the desert

Halina Poswiatowska


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Syndic No.4  is dedicated to Polish poet, Halina Poswiatowska,

who in her short life published three volumes of poetry:

“Idol Worship” (1958); “Today” (1963); and “Ode To The Hands” (1966).

Halina died in 1967 at the age of thirty-two and came to be known

and revered as the “poet of love”.

She is buried in the cemetery of St. Rocha in Czestochowa.

For those who wish to help preserve the legacy of Halina’s poetry by submitting a “reading”

of one of her poems, I invite – and encourage – you to submit it for publication.

Please send to: [email protected]

– LeRoy Chatfield, Publisher


my lover is not that handsome
and he has quite a temper
but who will paint my sky
in the dark afternoon purple
if I let him go not to come back
my lover has burning lips
and a row of sharp teeth when with laughter
he replies to the challenge of the world
my lover has a mouth which rises
as a crescent over each of my nights
my lover is not tender his eyes
dance in the street’s rectangle
he lights a flame in girls
clutching his shadow
I hold my love by the hair
in his shadow a frail blade of grass blossoms
into an April apple tree


Authors/Artists Bios

READER #1: Catherine Sevenau resides in Sonoma, California. She’s written a family memoir, six books on her family genealogy, and entered 3,000 ancestors on So many dead, so little time. Her books will be on-line, the first is at: READER #2: Karen Ewing, a Chicago native has lived in California for the past 30 years. She involved in The Great Books Program, the Renaissance Society and the Alliance Francaise.


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