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

They dropped like flakes
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER
They dropped like flakes,
They dropped like stars,
Like petals from a rose,
When suddenly across the June
A wind with fingers goes.

They perished in the seamless grass
No eye could find the place,
But God can summon every face
Of His repealless list.

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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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Line count: 9
Word count: 45

Wie Flocken, Sterne
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Wie Flocken, Sterne
fielen sie, wie
wenn mit den Fingern jäh 
ein Wind über den Juni streicht.

Im weiten Grasland fielen sie,
niemand fänd je den Ort -
doch Gott führt jedes Opfer dort 
auf seiner festen Liste.

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Translation of title "Armistice" = "Waffenruhe"

Note (provided by Bertram Kottmann) : 1863, ED gedenkt der 51.000 Opfer der Schlacht von Gettysburg vom 01.07. bis 03.07.1863 im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-11-28
Line count: 9
Word count: 39