Wislawa Szymborska. Possibilities

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I prefer movies. 

I prefer cats. 

I prefer the oaks along the Warta. 

I prefer Dickens to Dostoyevsky. 

I prefer myself liking people 

to myself loving mankind. 

I prefer keeping a needle and thread on hand, just in case. 

I prefer the color green. 

I prefer not to maintain 

that reason is to blame for everything. 

I prefer exceptions. 

I prefer to leave early. 

I prefer talking to doctors about something else. 

I prefer the old fine-lined illustrations. 

I prefer the absurdity of writing poems 

to the absurdity of not writing poems. 

I prefer, where love's concerned, nonspecific anniversaries 

that can be celebrated every day. 

I prefer moralists 

who promise me nothing. 

I prefer cunning kindness to the over-trustful kind. 

I prefer the earth in civvies. 

I prefer conquered to conquering countries. 

I prefer having some reservations. 

I prefer the hell of chaos to the hell of order. 

I prefer Grimms' fairy tales to the newspapers' front pages. 

I prefer leaves without flowers to flowers without leaves. 

I prefer dogs with uncropped tails. 

I prefer light eyes, since mine are dark. 

I prefer desk drawers. 

I prefer many things that I haven't mentioned here 

to many things I've also left unsaid. 

I prefer zeroes on the loose 

to those lined up behind a cipher. 

I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars. 

I prefer to knock on wood. 

I prefer not to ask how much longer and when. 

I prefer keeping in mind even the possibility 

that existence has its own reason for being.

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