Fable, by Janos Pilinszky
(translated by Ted Hughes)

Once upon a time
There was a lonely wolf
Lonelier than the angels.
He happened to come to a village;
He fell in love with the first house he saw.
Already he loved its walls
The caresses of its bricklayers.
But the windows stopped him.
In the room sat people.
Apart from God nobody ever
Found them so beautiful
As this child-like beast.
So at night he went into the house.
He stopped in the middle of the room
And never moved from there any more.
He stood all through the night, with wide eyes
And on into the morning when he was beaten to death.

4 thoughts on “Poem”

    1. well, I’ve never said I -agree- with any of the poems or quotes I stick up here. I just think they’re interesting points of view.

      I didn’t have enough time or mental energy to think about meanings behind this poem, so it’s nice seeing peoples views on it.

      I don’t think you -can- walk pass very easily when you fall in love. I wonder if the pain from leaving then, coupled with the eternal musing over whether it -could- have worked, and if it was a good idea to walk past etc would be the same, less, or greater than the pain caused by love going wrong or dying. The whole ‘it is better to have loved and lost..’ train of thought.


      While I’ve felt love, and pain, and confusion and loss, I’ve yet to feel intense jealousy. I’m not too sure how my personality will handle it..

      1. >I don’t think you -can- walk pass very easily when you fall in love.

        No, but you can walk passed so you ‘won’t’ fall in love 🙂
        The lonely wolf chose to walk into the house….

        I’m starting to think that the intensity of feeling that you envision as falling love doesn’t really exist as the two-way dream that most of us have.. I think only one person in a relationship feels that deeply and carries the relationship – maybe never even acknowledging the reality of compromise..

        Jealousy, though, I think is the realization of betrayal. That you gave everything of yourself just to have someone walk away and give themselves to another without a thought to how hurt you might be. It’s a disgusting feeling – avoid it at all costs LoL..

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