How not to love autumn?

Posted on 30. Sep, 2014 by in Literature, Poetry

Image by DaDaAce on Flickr.com

Image by DaDaAce on Flickr.com

Autumn is my favorite time of the year! A lot of people in Poland think about fall as a very said, rainy season. I always find something beautiful and positive in it though…

Jak nie kochać jesieni… (How not to love autumn…)

Tadeusz Wywrocki

 

Jak nie kochać jesieni, jej babiego lata,

Liści niesionych wiatrem, w rytm deszczu tańczących.

Ptaków, co przed podróżą na drzewach usiadły,

Czekając na swych braci, za morze lecących.

How not to love autumn, it’s gossamer

Leaves carried by the wind, dancing in the rain rhythm

Birds, who rested on the tree before the trip

While waiting for their brothers, flying overseas.

Jak nie kochać jesieni, jej barw purpurowych,

Szarych, żółtych, czerwonych, srebrnych, szczerozłotych.

Gdy białą mgłą otuli zachodzący księżyc,

Kojąc w twym słabym sercu, codzienne zgryzoty.

How not to love autumn, it’s purple colors

grays, yellows, reds, silver, gold

When the white mist gently wraps itself around the moon occurring,

Soothing in your faint of heart, the daily grief.

Jak nie kochać jesieni, smutnej, zatroskanej,

Pełnej tęsknoty za tym, co już nie powróci.

Chryzantemy pobieli, dla tych, których nie ma.

Szronem łąki maluje, ukoi, zasmuci.

How not to love autumn, sad and anxious

Full of longing for that which will not return.

Chrysanthemums glitter, for those that are not with us anymore.

Frost meadows paints, soothe, upset.

Jak nie kochać jesieni, siostry listopada,

Tego, co królowanie blaskiem świec rozpocznie.

I w swoim majestacie uczy nas pokory.

Bez słowa na cmentarze wzywa nas corocznie.

How not to love autumn, November’s sister

What’s reign candlelight begin.

And in your majesty humbling.

Without a word to the cemeteries calls us every year.

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Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

 
 

Miły, już jesień…

Posted on 29. Sep, 2014 by in Nature, Poetry

Image by Whatknot on Flickr.com

Image by Whatknot on Flickr.com

Fall is such a beautiful season! Cooler  mornings, beautiful coors! I enjoy a cup of coffee on the deck and can’t wait for a great turkey dinners, while nights are getting colder:)

Today a very nice poem by Eleni:

“Miły, już jesień”

Czerwienią liści nas otula, babiego lata złotą smugą 

I noc się robi coraz dłuższa, miły jesień przyszła już 

Wiatry wróciły do nas znowu, ptaki z południa są już w domu 

I słychać pierwsze kroki chłodu, miły jesień przyszła już

A w nas jeszcze tyle wciąż radości jest 

Tyle słońca z lata jeszcze w nas 

I jesienny smutek nam nie grozi, wiem 

Dobry los wciąż sprzyja nam

It hugs us with the red leaves, with a gold streak of gossamer,

Nights are getting longer, my dear, fall has come

Winds came back again, birds from the south are already home

And you can hear first steps of the cold coming, my dear, fall has come

And there is so much happiness in us still,

So much sun from the summer leftover

And autumn grief will not happen, I know

Good fortune still favors us

Już chmury stoją w oknie, bezradny kasztan w deszczu tonie 

Jak dobrze z tobą być, przy tobie, miły jesień przyszła już 

Zmarznięci i skulemi ludzie do domu biegną byle szybciej 

W kieszeniach niosą mokry smutek, miły jesień przyszła już

A w nas jeszcze tyle wciąż radości jest 

Tyle słońca z lata jeszcze w nas 

I jesienny smutek nam nie grozi, wiem 

Dobry los wciąż sprzyja nam 

Clouds stand in the window already, chestnut helpless in the rain tone

How good to be with you, next to you, my dear, fall has come

Cold and curled up people,rush home faster

The pockets bring wet sadness, my dear, fall has come

And there is so much happiness in us still,

So much sun from the summer leftover

And autumn grief will not happen, I know

Good fortune still favors us

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Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

 

Polish volleyball team’s victory!

Posted on 22. Sep, 2014 by in Countries, Sports

Ask the average American to name a volleyball player and they’ll hem and haw for a while before asking if Maverick and Goose count:)

In Poland, it’s the exact opposite. Volleyball (siatkówka) is a national obsession, which is why this month’s FIVB Volleyball Men’s World Championships drew over a half-million fans, including 62,000 for the opening game in Warsaw’s national stadium. There was a sellout crowd in attendance to watch the upstart Polish team try to take down three-time defending champion Brazil on Sunday. It was estimated that 15 million Polish people were watching Sunday’s final, which would be about 39% of the country’s population. (In comparison, about 35% of the United States — 111 million viewers — watched last year’s Super Bowl.)

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Poland won it’s only other men’s volleyball title in 1974, and then took Olympic gold (olimpijskie złoto) in 1976.

It was Poland’s seventh consecutive win (siódme z rzędu zwycięstwo) in the tournament where they compiled an 11-1 win-loss record, while Brazil failed in their attempt to be the first nation to win four consecutive crowns.

The victory of the home team put an end to the string of three consecutive titles won by Brazil starting in 2002 in Buenos Aires and continuing in 2006 in Japan and 2010 in Italy.

It was the second gold medal for Poland in the history of the event which was inaugurated in 1949, with the previous one accomplished forty years ago when the competition took place in Mexico in 1974.

In front of a crowd of more than 12,000 spectators at the Spodek Hall of Katowice, Poland, Mateusz Mika led the victory with 22 points, followed by the consistent Mariusz Wlazły who contributed 14 points. Michał Winiarski and Piotr Nowakowski chipped in with 13 and 10, respectively.

Outside of the arena, located in the heart on the city of Katowice, around 15,000 followed the action showed on several giant screens.

Wallace de Souza and Ricarado Lucarelli Santos finished with 18 points apiece for Brazil, while Lucas Saatkamp added 15, including eight blocks.

Poland also claimed the silver medal in 2006 when the quadrennial tournament was held in Japan. They lost 3-0 the final encounter with Brazil.

It was the second defeat of Brazil during the competition both at the hands of Poland with the previous one a 3-2 decision on Sept. 16 during the third round.

The entire tournament shattered attendance records. A recorded 563,263 watched the 103 matches from Aug. 30 through Sunday, about 240,000 more than the previous mark set in Italy in 2010.

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)