by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

To make a prairie it takes a clover and...
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee, -
One clover, and a bee,
And revery.
The revery alone will do
If bees are few.

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2016, (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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Word count: 28

Wiese braucht per se eine Biene und ’nen...
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wiese braucht per se eine Biene und ’nen Klee,
’ne Biene, einen Klee,
Tagtraums Idee.
Alleinig diese macht sie wahr,
wenn Bienen rar.

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Translation of titles
"Clover" = "Klee"
"To make a prairie" = "Wiese braucht"


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Word count: 23