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Atmen, du unsichtbares Gedicht !

Language: German (Deutsch)

Atmen, [du unsichtbares Gedicht]1 !
Immerfort [um]2 das eigne
[Sein rein eingetauschter Weltraum. 
in dem ich mich rhythmisch ereigne.]1
Einzige Welle, deren
allmähliches Meer ich bin ;
sparsamstes du von allen möglichen 
  Meeren, --
Wieviele von diesen Stellen der
  Räume waren schon
innen in mir. Manche Winde
sind wie mein Sohn.
Erkennst du mich, Luft, du, voll [noch]1 
  einst meiniger Orte ?
[Du, einmal glatte Rinde,
Rundung und Blatt meiner Worte.]1

Translation(s): FRE

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E. Janson sets stanzas 1, 4

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1 omitted by Janson.
2 Janson: "in"

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title 1: "Respire, poème invisible !", copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2009-06-01.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:03:15
Line count: 18
Word count: 72

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Respire, poème invisible !

Language: French (Français) after the German (Deutsch)

Respire, poème invisible !
Constamment autour du propre
Être, pur espace échangé.
dans lequel je nais rythmiquement.

Unique vague, dont
je suis la mer graduelle ;
toi, la plus rare 
  de toutes les mers possibles,
espace conquis.

Combien de régions 
  de ces espaces déjà ont été
À l'intérieur de moi. Combien de vents
Ont été comme mes fils.

Me reconnais-tu, air, toi, encore plein
  des lieux jadis miens ?
Toi, autrefois écorce lisse,
Arrondi et feuille de mes paroles.

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Text added to the website: 2014-02-22.
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Word count: 80