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

Bee! I'm expecting you!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER GER
Bee! I'm expecting you!
Was saying Yesterday
To Somebody you know
That you were due --

The Frogs got Home last Week --
Are settled, and at work --
Birds, mostly back --
The Clover warm and thick --

You'll get my Letter by
The Seventeenth; Reply
Or better, be with me --
Yours, Fly.

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Confirmed with The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. R.W. Franklin, Volume 2, Cambridge, MA and London, England: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998, Poem 983.


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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Sharon Krebs) , copyright © 2014, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , no title, copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

Researcher for this text: Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]

This text was added to the website: 2004-05-30
Line count: 12
Word count: 49

Biene! Ich erwarte dich!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Biene! Ich erwarte dich!
Seist fällig eigentlich,
erzählte gestern ich
einem, den du kennst.

Seit letzter Woche sind
die Frösche hier am Werk,
die meisten Vögel auch,
der Klee steht warm und dicht.

Bis Siebzehnten erreicht
mein Brief dich; schreib zurück;
noch besser, du kommst gleich -
Gruß, Fliege.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-03-13
Line count: 12
Word count: 49