by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Guy Laffaille

Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
He scanned it -- staggered --
Dropped the Loop
To Past or Period --
Caught helpless at a sense as if
His Mind were going blind --

Groped up, to see if God was there --
Groped backward at Himself
Caressed a Trigger absently
And wandered out of Life.


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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-13
Line count: 9
Word count: 44

Il l'examina ‑‑ tituba
Language: French (Français)  after the English 
Il l'examina -- tituba --
Laissa tomber la boucle
Vers le Passé ou une Époque --
Se rattrapa sans recours à un sens comme si
Son Esprit devenait aveugle --

Monta en tâtonnant, pour voir si Dieu était là --
Revint en tâtonnant vers Lui-même
Caressa une Gâchette distraitement
Et partit sans se presser de la Vie.

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This text was added to the website: 2014-01-14
Line count: 9
Word count: 52