Already the scattered seek their exile

by Nelly Sachs

Already the scattered seek their exile
the heart of the water
& the speechless demonic light of the fires
the blossoming birthpangs of earth
& air — the Song of emptying lungs

Dreaming is the dictator
the unseen eagle
shreds its prey
bears it back home—

Translated by Eric Plattner, Joseph Suglia, & Kathleen Rooney

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Schon will äusserstes auswandern
by Nelly Sachs

Schon will äusserstes auswandern
das Herz des Wassers
und des Feuers dämonisch verwundertes Licht
die blühenden Geburten der Erde
und Luft die singend den Atem verlässt

Sehnsucht ist der Herrscher
der unsichtbare Adler
zerreisst seine Beute
trägt sie nach Haus—

~ by Ep on November 20, 2011.

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