Friday, December 31, 2010

your dream tramples through the woods

In the shape of a boar
your dream tramples through the woods on
on the edges of evening.

Glittering white
like the ice from which it erupted
are its razors.

It rakes up a bitter nut
from under the leaves
that its shadows tore from the trees,
a nut
black as the heart that your foot kicked along
when you walked here yourself.

It gores the nut
and fills the thicket with grunting fate,
then strikes off down towards the coast,
there where the sea
holds its darkest of feasts
on the crags:

a fruit like its own
will delight the festive eye
that has wept such stones.

P. Celan, translated by J. Neugroschel

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