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In Red Foliage Full of Guitars

Georg Trakl 1887 (Salzburg) – 1914 (Kraków)

In Red Foliage Full of Guitars

In red foliage full of guitars
the girls’ yellow hair waves
at the fence, where sunflowers persist.
A golden chariot steers through the clouds.

In brown shadows the ancients
grow dumb, and dumbly entwine.
The orphaned ones sing vespers—sweetly.
Flies hum in the yellow haze.

In the stream the women wash.
The hung linen undulates.
The little girl, long dead to me,
returns throughout the dawning night.

From the tender sky sparrows fling themselves
into green holes pregnant with rot.
The hungry are filled
with the ghost of bread and spices.

Translated by Eric Plattner


Im roten Laubwerk voll Guitarren

Im roten Laubwerk voll Guitarren
Der Mädchen gelbe Haare wehen
Am Zaun, wo Sonnenblumen stehen.
Durch Wolken fährt ein goldner Karren.

In brauner Schatten Ruh verstummen
Die Alten, die sich blöd umschlingen.
Die Waisen süß zur Vesper singen.
In gelben Dünsten Fliegen summen.

Am Bache waschen noch die Frauen.
Die aufgehängten Linnen wallen.
Die Kleine, die mir lang gefallen,
Kommt wieder durch das Abendgrauen.

Vom lauen Himmel Spatzen stürzen
In grüne Löcher voll Verwesung.
Dem Hungrigen täuscht vor Genesung
Ein Duft von Brot und herben Würzen.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,249
Words 195
Stanzas 11
Stanza Lengths 1, 4, 4, 4, 4, 1, 1, 4, 4, 4, 4

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