The old couple

by Nelly Sachs

The old couple
sitting hand in hand
twin stars
still candescent in the charred music
of their past
where they died as they loved—
rapt in the magic of a dark prince
this silhouette scissored out of the night
grieving on the retina like sleeplessness
their future in hair and nails outgrowing
their death ever after—

Translated by Eric Plattner & Joseph Suglia

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Die beiden Alten

by Nelly Sachs

Die beiden Alten
Hand in Hand sitzend
Zwillingsgestirn
leuchtend noch aus der verbrannten Musik
ihrer Vergangenheit
da sie starben als sie liebten—
verhext von der Magie eines schwarzen Prinzen
dieser ausgeschnittenen Silhouette der Nacht
auf der Netzhaut trauernd wie Schlaflosigkeit
während ihre Zukunft in Nägeln und Haaren
den Tod überwächst—

~ by Ep on December 22, 2010.

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