White serpent

by Nelly Sachs

White serpent
polar circle
wings in the granite
rouged sadness in the iceblock
restricted zone around the secret
heart galloping miles of distance
windchains hanging from homesickness
flaming grenade of choler—

And the snail
with its ticking suitcase of God-time.

Translated by Eric Plattner

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Weisse Schlange

by Nelly Sachs

Weisse Schlange
Polarkreis
Flügel im Granit
rosa Wehmut im Eisblock
Sperrzonen um das Geheimnis
Herzklopfenmeilen aus Entfernung
Windketten hängend am Heimweh
flammende Granate aus Zorn—

Und die Schnecke
mit dem tickenden Gepäck der Gottzeit.

~ by Ep on January 17, 2011.

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