Poetessa speaks..

Poète, scénariste et parolier....Scottish dilettante and poet. This blog has some of my current poems, as well as those of other poets I admire.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Ich kenne dich...

Ich kenne dich,
Du bist die tief Gebeugte,
Ich, der Durchborte, bin
Dir untertan.

Wo flammt ein Wort, das für
Uns beide zeuget?

Du – ganz, ganz wirchlich.
Ich – ganz Wahn.

by Paul Celan

I know you,
You are the one I bow to….deeply
I am pierced through, and am
Your subject.

Is there a shining word that
Can express our meaning?

You – utterly real,
I – a deluded shadow.

Translation, Rita Cummings

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