by Wallace Stevens (1879 - 1955)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

O thin men of Haddam
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , title unknown, copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , title unknown, copyright © 2015, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 5
Word count: 27

Ach schmächt’ge Männer aus Haddam
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ach schmächt’ge Männer aus Haddam,
warum stellt ihr euch gold’ne Vögel vor?
Seht ihr nicht, wie die Amsel
um die Füße der Frauen hüpft,
die bei euch sind?

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This text was added to the website: 2015-06-07
Line count: 5
Word count: 28