For the Dead of the Revolution

by Ernst Toller

Death-prone, the bodies
            forked in mutiny
against the collar
            of the uncooked plague,
your destiny cleansed
            with the dark gesture.
By whom the paths are prepared,
            to sink upon the grill,
death pitches forward still
            before him, in reverence.

Translated by Eric Plattner

…………………………………………………………………………

Den Toten Der Revolution

by Ernst Toller

Todgeweihte Leiber
            trotzig gestemmt
Wider den Bund
            der rohen Bedränger,
Löschte Euch Schicksal
            mit dunkler Geberde.
Wer die Pfade bereitet,
            stirbt an der Schwelle,
Doch es neigt sich vor ihm
            in Ehrfurcht der Tod.

~ by Ep on February 2, 2010.

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