Wednesday, 26 December 2007

Another Thomas Bernhard poem

From Thomas Bernhard's collection 'Under the Iron of the Moon' here is P-i-R's (Austro-German to English) translation of the second poem in the sequence.


Not many die
for a house
in the desert
or a bone-dry tree.

Not many die
for ash
that was fire
or for the wine
of a fallen king
to celebrate
a general's
torched fields.

Not many die
for one another
when the seeds drift
or in spring
when death and birds
turn clear skies black.

not many.

c) Gwilym Williams 2007

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