Sunday, December 04, 2005

More Musical Poetry

Since Maria asked for it, here it is. There is a connection between music and this poem that is a bit closer than that previously published.

“URLICHT”

O Wondrous Thing, to find love here—
To lie enwrapped in music and his arms—
Mahler bleeds in the darkened room—
O Röschen rot!” she sings, and breathes a
Miracle of sound—a benediction laid upon us
Softly, like a mantle of wandering snow.
Ach nein! Ich liess mich nicht abweisen!

Fingers touching lips, motionless in admiration—
Music heard as never before, two hearts listening,
Eyes half closed, glittering with unbidden tears.
Hör’ auf zu beben! Bereite dich zu leben!
Tenderness unlooked for, softness once disguised,
Hearts opened in sudden understanding—
Dein ist, was du gesehnt!

O Wondrous Thing, to find love hidden here—
Aufersteh’n, ja aufersteh’n wirst du…”


[December 2, 1993]

3 comments:

MaLj said...

wondrous lines...

It's a good thing I don't have the ambition to compete as a real poet in your language, Rod! It's like when I try to paint in oil. I know I can't do it as it should be done to be taken seriously, so I just relax and paint as well as I can, playing with colours, lines and forms. Writing in a foreign language is much play for me, too, even if I try to communicate as best as I can.

Surly Terrier said...

Oh, Maria, I'm not sure that all of this isn't "play" for all of us. Certainly I can't write poetry, prose, or music "as it should be done to be taken seriously," either, but I enjoy it, and sometimes others enjoy what I do, as well. At the end of the day, that's what counts, and that's what counts with what you do, too. I admire what both you and JJ have been able to achieve both in music and in languages that are not your own. I could surely not "play" or even communicate in either Swedish or Spanish one hundredth as well as you both do, so no excuses are required. I think I may speak for most of the Sane Sibelians in saying that we all enjoy what you give us.

MaLj said...

No humble excuses from me about what I do; no. Thanks! ("most" - ? Well, if this is not going to be a mutual admiration society, I do hope I have the power to annoy even my friends from time to time!)