Thursday, March 10, 2016

BERTOLT BRECHT ~



Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin playing chess, Denmark, Skovsbostrand, 1934






On the Terms of Exile 


No need to drive a nail into the wall

To hang your hat on;

When you come in, just drop it on the chair

No guest has sat on.



Don't worry about watering the flowers —

In fact, don't plant them.

You will have gone back home before they bloom,

And who will want them?



If mastering the language is too hard,

Only be patient;

The telegram imploring your return

Won't need translation.



Remember, when the ceiling sheds itself

In flakes of plaster,

The wall that keeps you out is crumbling too,

As fast or faster.


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Translated from the German by Adam Kirsch 

 




 

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