Postcards From Malthusia DAY NINETY-ONE: Bogusia Wardein

Is Kindness Your Best Motivator?


Why are the dogs of Mumbai blue?

When was the last time you put yourself into

   somebody’s else’s suitcase?

Is this noose for you or for both of us?

Do you apologize to a chicken before eating it?

Except for compassion what else do we need?

How many handbags can you own?

Is there a cure for fear?

What are you grateful for now (name seven things)?

Why do only the dead fish swim with the current?

Shall we sing even if it is not allowed?

What are you going to do with thirty six eggs?

Do we spend our life how we spend our hours?

Is the human race the only species which fouls its own nest?

Whom are you hiding behind?

Would you like to die in a country where people

   are able to pronounce your name?

What happens when you invite your Bosnian neighbours

   of twenty years to tea, for the first time?

Will you help me to dress the wounds of the earth?

Do you know that nobody is coming? 



Bogusia Wardein is a Polish poet. Her first published poem was nominated for the Forward Prize in 2013. Since then her poems have appeared in various publications including The Rialto, Stand, Poetry Wales, The Irish Times, and the anthologies Hallelujah for 50ft Women (Bloodaxe, 2015), The Darg (The Poets’ Republic Press, 2019) and Writing Home (Dedalus Press, 2019). Visit her at


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s