by Christian Morgenstern (1871 - 1914)
Translation © by Emily Ezust

Auf der Treppe sitzen meine Öhrchen
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG FRE
"Auf der Treppe sitzen meine Öhrchen,
Wie zwei Kätzchen, die die Milch erwarten...
Auf der Treppe sitzt mein Herz und harret,
Wie ein Geistchen, Kinn in Hand gestützet.

Doch der Bote mit den Briefen kommt nicht.
Taub und ohne Seele drin im Zimmer lieg ich. 
Wünsche nichts zurück zu haben.
Nicht die rosa Kätzchen, nicht das Geistchen."

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Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • ENG English (Emily Ezust) , title 1: "On the steps sit my little ears", copyright ©
  • FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , title 1: "Mes petites oreilles sont assises dans l'escalier", copyright © 2011, (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: 8
Word count: 57

On the steps sit my little ears
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
 On the steps sit my little ears,
 like two kittens waiting for milk...
 on the steps sits my heart, waiting
 like a little ghost, chin propped up in hand.

 Yet the Post with the letter comes not.
 Numb and without spirit, in my room
 I lie. I wish for nothing back again,
 neither pink kitten nor little spirit.


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 59