What is wrong with me?– The notebook for my publisher– then all is well.The moon rises – my longing goes to bed.My longing throws itself on the bedand laughs infernally:God is still awake –blessed sleepless angels around his throne!
I will be straight-forward –therefore I don’t care for noble stylesand roll up my sleeves.The dough of the poem swells…Oh, what a sorrow –.to not be able to bake cathedrals…The greatness of the forms –the goal of the persistent longing.Present-child,is […]
I transform the snakes into angels.Raise your heads! Rise onto your tails!A second… and nobody hisses anymore.Blessed they lay at my feet,intoxicated by dreams, and kiss the folds of my cloak.I touch the lyre. A wind passes over the Earth,silent, […]
Why was life given to meto rush past everybody in the chariot of triumph,unachievable, fast as fate,unconscious and without will,in perpetual longing? Why was life given to meto, with hands decorated with rings,to grasp the beaming bowlI conjured upin steady […]
– – – – – – – – – –– – – – – – – – – –– – – – the germs of life thrive on your slimy skin.Skywards striving city, you haven’t broken my heart:all your people […]
I resent the thought…Where is my giant, beloved lyre?The sunshine-stringed, magnificent, which hangs down from the clouds.Oh you my giant lyre,you hang over the world like a question mark.– – – – – – – – –When I dieI’ll throw […]
Mysterious moon!In an hour you rise –and golden everythingwith African fantasies.I stand with the lyrein the darkness of the yard.The King’s daughter in the towerthrows stars to me.The wood lake smiles suddenly –Oh, pearls, gold and silver! –the capes layas eternal […]
Is God unfaithful?Does he chase his boldest angels from Heaven?No – I say:He gave me honey and wormwood.The tough, dark mass I poured out on the ground. The form lasted.He gave me a dark red rose –the smallest in the […]
Am I a criminal, my sin is great…Am I a jest, am I with holy things…Am I a liar, let me then plummet from Heavenand be crushed on your square. Am I a liar –then let unholy spirits bury my […]
Humans,don’t collect gold and jewels:fill your hearts with longing,that burns like red-hot coals.Steal the rubies from the angels’ gazes,drink the cold water of the devil’s pool.Humans, don’t collect treasurethat make you beggars;collect richesthat give you royal power.Gift your children a […]
I shine my light over all of the Atlantic…Unknown worlds, nocturnal landswake towards me!I am the cold dawn.I am the merciless goddess of the dayin misty grey veilswith the blinking helmet of the early morning.Light, light my winds run over […]
My heart is the most beautiful one in the world.It is holy.Whoever sees itmust themselves shine with its glow.My heart is light as a bird,the most fragile form on Earth.I sacrificed itto an unknown god.The god highest up in the […]
The great hunter has died…I drape over his grave warm flower carpets.I kiss the cold rock and say:here’s your first child in tears of joy.Chuckling I sit on your gravelike an insult – more beautiful than you dreamt.Enigmatic father!Your children […]
The champagne of lifewe drink pearlylight as foamtransparentchampagne-hearts… Champagne-eyes –the sky winks promisingly at you. Champagne-feet –follow your star Champagne-spirits –the glass cheers in your hands!
I have powers. I fear nothing.Light is heaven to me.If the world comes to an end –I shall not perish.My light horizons standover the stormy night of the Earth.Step out of the mysterious light patch!Unyielding my power waits.
I don’t believe in humans.I’d have crushed my lyreif I didn’t believe in God.God shows me the wayout of the fog to the sun’s shining orb.He loves those who wander lightfootedly.Therefore he gave me all this carefreeness.I believe in him as […]
Tear down all gates of honour –they’re too low.Make room for our amazing train!Heavy is the future – build bridgesfor endless time! Giants, carry rocks from the end of the world!Demons, pour oil on the kettles!Monster, calculate the width with […]
Fifty wagons with hope I had loaded for your America.They returned empty…The freight of disappointment…Now I’ll send armoured trains with rockhard masks in threatening peepholes:Wagons with achieval will return home by the thousands.
Humans, it swells in my breast.Flames, smoke and the stench of burned flesh:it is the war.– – – – – – – –I’ve come from the war – I arose out of chaos –I am the elements – in biblical […]
Without actionI cannot live,chained to the lyre I would die.Is the lyre indeed the greatest on Earth for meI stayed true to it,was I not a flaming soul.The one who doesn’t with bloody nailsbreak a crack in the wall of […]