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The rain has held back for days and days

Language: English after the Bangla (Bengali)

The rain has held back for days and days, 
my God, in my arid heart. 
The horizon is fiercely naked - 
not the thinnest cover of a soft cloud, 
not the vaguest hint of a distant cool shower.

Send thy angry storm, dark with death, 
if it is thy wish, and with lashes of lightning 
startle the sky from end to end.

But call back, my lord, call back 
this pervading silent heat, 
still and keen and cruel, 
burning the heart with dire despair.

Let the cloud of grace bend low 
from above like the tearful look 
of the mother on the day of the father's wrath.

Translation(s): GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Text added to the website: 2010-11-03.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:04:06
Line count: 15
Word count: 107

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