Map – poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Two days ago I saw in New Yorker the translation of the poem of one of the greatest Polish poets – Wisława Szymborska, recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature. She died in 2012 at the age of 88. The last poem she was working on just before she passed away is called ‘Map’ and I believe it perfectly summarizes why you and me love maps.

Wisława Szymborska

Flat as the table
it’s placed on.
Nothing moves beneath it
and it seeks no outlet.
Above—my human breath
creates no stirring air
and leaves its total surface

Its plains, valleys are always green,
uplands, mountains are yellow and brown,
while seas, oceans remain a kindly blue
beside the tattered shores.

Everything here is small, near, accessible.
I can press volcanoes with my fingertip,
stroke the poles without thick mittens,
I can with a single glance
encompass every desert
with the river lying just beside it.

A few trees stand for ancient forests,
you couldn’t lose your way among them.

In the east and west,
above and below the equator—
quiet like pins dropping,
and in every black pinprick
people keep on living.
Mass graves and sudden ruins
are out of the picture.

Nations’ borders are barely visible
as if they wavered—to be or not.

I like maps, because they lie.
Because they give no access to the vicious truth.
Because great-heartedly, good-naturedly
they spread before me a world
not of this world.


Translated, from the Polish, by Clare Cavanagh
NewYorker April, 14th, 2014

Map - poem by Wislawa Szymborska

Wiesława Szymborska


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Searching for a new job can be a frustrating and often a depressing process but try to remain positive and keep the job search going as it is just a numbers game – the more jobs you apply for, the more you learn about the process, the closer you will get to securing the job you want.

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Learn at every application, every step along the way, why you succeeded and why you did not. Always ask questions to help you improve.

Tips towards job search success

  • Review your resume and cover letter and make sure they are focused on the job you are applying for. Resumes and cover letters are very personal documents and reflect who you are. Try to think outside the box and be a little bit creative, use colour, photos, and personal examples to show why you are the best candidate for the role.
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  • Don’t wait for the job to come to you but be active in your job search. Contact companies you would like to work for, even if they do not have vacancies, and send them your resume. Many organisations are often on the lookout for good people without actively advertising for people. Advertising, interviewing and the whole candidate search process can be an expensive exercise for a company so if they can avoid that process many will do so.
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Do recruitment agencies help or hinder your job search? In my opinion, they often hinder the process as they fail to keep you informed along the way. If you are successful, they will be your best friend as they have just made their commission on that role, but if you are unsuccessful, you will often not even get a polite ‘thanks but no thanks’ letter or e-mail. You are often left waiting with no feedback and no assistance.

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