Translation © by Bertram Kottmann

Six from Sevenoaks
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
On New Year's morn -
yesterday so far away 
now in the dawn.
Up soared the owl -
a last bough waved
to hail a new day.
Later snow
buried the nightingale
and my hopes.
is a captive 
guarded by you
and my love.
In the light of morn
I saw your body's shadow
lying on my bed.
He broke his silence 
to pieces 
to share it.


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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-27
Line count: 19
Word count: 68

Am Neujahrsmorgen
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Am Neujahrsmorgen -
wie fern das alte
und seine Sorgen.
Hoch schwang sich die Eule -
ein letzter Ast winkte,
den neuen Tag zu grüßen.
Später Schnee
begrub die Nachtigall
und mein Hoffen.
ist der Tod,
bewacht von meiner Liebe
und dir.
Im Licht der Früh
erblickt ich deinen Schatten
auf meinem Bett.
Er brach sein Schweigen,
es zu teilen.

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This text was added to the website: 2016-12-27
Line count: 18
Word count: 61