(04 October 1943 / Germany)

Life And Death

Life is not sweet. One day it will be sweet
To shut our eyes and die:
Nor feel the wild flowers blow, nor birds dart by
With flitting butterfly,
Nor grass grow long above our heads and feet,
Nor hear the happy lark that soars sky high,
Nor sigh that spring is fleet and summer fleet,
Nor mark the waxing wheat,
Nor know who sits in our accustomed seat.

Life is not good. One day it will be good
To die, then live again;
To sleep meanwhile: so not to feel the wane
Of shrunk leaves dropping in the wood,
Nor hear the foamy lashing of the main,
Nor mark the blackened bean-fields, nor where stood
Rich ranks of golden grain
Only dead refuse stubble clothe the plain:
Asleep from risk, asleep from pain.

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Comments (2)

How we can remember an afternoon like that, in which 'nothing happened, ' almost every day of our lives.
Ah, the never-ending dance of L-O-V-E! ! It never changes, does it? ? And congratulations on falling over the 2000 mountain peak. When does the garlic shop open? ? ?