Translation © by Paridam von dem Knesebeck (c1911 - 2000) and by Eva Hesse (1925 - 2020)

Desert
Language: English 
Anybody
Better than
Nobody.

In the barren dusk
Even the snake
That spirals
Terror on the sand --

Better than nobody
In this lonely
Land.

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Wüste
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Irgendwer/ Ist besser als
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Confirmed with Mein dunklen Hände. Moderne Negerlyrik in Original und Nachdichtung, herausgegeben und übertragen von Eva Hesse und Paridam von dem Knesebeck, München: Nymphenburger Verlag, 1953, page 59.


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This text was added to the website: 2015-02-21
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