Sonnets to Orpheus
 

Sonnets toOrpheus - #2 For a god it's easy.


Ein Gott vermags. Wie aber, sag mir, soll

For a god it’s easy
but how shall I, mere man, fly out
between the lyre’s narrow strings?
Duality traps my mind –

no temple for Apollo
whose song, rich as time, differs
from my half-hearted ballads. Easy
for him – but for us …?

Whose are the careless stars?
Are they youth’s, with parted lips?
Or is their sudden song

heard only when time is past –
a deeper breath singing throu us,
the air a trembling god?

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