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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