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SONG LYRICS AND POETRY
"Try to Praise the Mutilated World"

Adam Zagajewski

   
 MESSAGE BOARD

Following the attacks on September 11, many people have looked to art, in all its forms, for consolation.
Did any piece of art help comfort you following the attacks?

 VISUAL ARTS


Jean Holabird of Cambridge painted "10-3 - Murrary and Greenwich, 3 p.m.," a watercolor scene from Ground Zero. Many artists responded visually to the September 11 attacks. See artwork

 LYRICS AND POETRY

Read the song lyrics and poetry that helped many cope with the grief they felt after September 11:
'Across the Universe', Lennon/McCartney
'America the Beautiful', Katherine Lee Bates
'American Tune', Paul Simon
'Change the Day', Alex MacDougall
'Colors of the Wind', Vanessa Williams
'Leap', Brian Doyle
'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', The Hollies
'Jesus, etc.', Wilco
'Love and Mercy', Brian Wilson
'Lucky', Radiohead
'Memorial for A City', W. H. Auden
'Musee Des Beaux Arts', W. H. Auden
'One', Cheryl Sawyer
Chorus from 'The Other Side', Joie Scott and Richard Wold
'The Other Side', Don Conoscenti
'Overcome', Live
'The Peace of Wild Things', Wendell Berry
'Rhymes and Reasons', John Denver
'Rockin' in the Free World', Neil Young
'September 1, 1939', W.H. Auden
'Show the Way', David Wilcox
'Song in a Year of Catastrophe', Wendell Berry
'The Summer Day', Mary Oliver
'Superman', Five for Fighting
'There You'll Be', Diane Warren
'Through Your Hands', John Hiatt
'Trouble of the World', Mahalia Jackson
'Try to Praise the Mutilated World', Adam Zagajewski
'Victory in Defeat', Edwin Markham

Try to praise the mutilated world.
Remember June's long days,
and wild strawberries, drops of wine, the dew.
The nettles that methodically overgrow
the abandoned homesteads of exiles.
You must praise the mutilated world.
You watched the stylish yachts and ships;
one of them had a long trip ahead of it,
while salty oblivion awaited others.
You've seen the refugees heading nowhere,
you've heard the executioners sing joyfully.
You should praise the mutilated world.
Remember the moments when we were together
in a white room and the curtain fluttered.
Return in thought to the concert where music flared.
You gathered acorns in the park in autumn
and leaves eddied over the earth's scars.
Praise the mutilated world
and the gray feather a thrush lost,
and the gentle light that strays and vanishes
and returns.

Submitted by Patricia Schmieg, Medford



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