Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Red and Black

The green leaves turn yellow –
The storms ravage
month after month –
Yellow-red leaves cling to black branches –
Slowly the rain writhes loose the stalks –
The juice is trapped in the root –

Under the shifting sky
the soil sleeps its rest –
Green human hearts blacken –
The storms of humans bleeding approach –
The rain of confusion seeps night and day –
The laws of the heart deteriorate –
The sparkling splendour of autumn
wanders in dead rows
through humans’ cities –
– The sun is most distant now –

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