The Otter

 

Translation by Adrian Krajewski

Polish version

Fern leaves furled above my head blocking nearly all the light. Just very few sunny trails managed to shine through the foliage, creating golden spots on the forest bed. I arrived at the lake. The water was calm, and there was an otter laying on a mossy rock. She played with a pebble by throwing it between her paws. She didn’t look at it at all, yet always caught it perfectly. As soon as she noticed me, she abandoned her toy, sat on the rock and looked at me suspiciously.  Czytaj dalej

Simon the cat

 

Translation by Adrian Krajewski

Polish version

At nights Simon turned into a cat. It was a curse put ages ago on his male ancestors. When he was a little boy it felt so natural and obvious and he was immensely surprised when he eventually found out that not all men turn into cats. The curse was so old that nobody remembered who and what cause were behind it. If somebody investigated its origins, then it probably could be removed. However, the malediction was not considered a nuisance, rather, it was a unique family secret, which made its members special. Czytaj dalej

Metamorphosis

 

Translation by Adrian Krajewski

Polish version

I was walking through various countries, cultures and eras of the museum’s themed galleries. It was quiet. An old pendulum clock was ticking somewhere. A stone sculpture of a goggle-eyed deity stared into the void. Few people were scattered around and they wandered slowly between the showcases. Everything was in place and thus it made me slowly moon about. Then, suddenly a cold gust from the air conditioner caught me in the India room. I felt uneasy. A chilling shiver passed through my body and when it ended, I realised I was not myself anymore. I have changed into a tiger! I felt puzzled and confused, but even more so, I felt surprisingly glad about the transformation. I could sense the huge energy in my new, strong, animal body. I wanted to try it out, so I sprang forward. My long claws tapped on the wooden floor. My run was a manifestation of joy, strength and vitality, so I was surprised to see people running away from me in panic and hiding in various nooks and crannies instead of cheering for me. Czytaj dalej