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

After a hundred years
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
After a hundred years
Nobody knows the place,
Agony that enacted there
Motionless as peace.
Weeds triumphant ranged;
Strangers strolled and spelled
At the lone orthography
Of the elder dead.
Winds of summer fields
Recollect the way,
Instinct picking up the key
Dropped by memory.

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Line count: 12
Word count: 45

Nach hundert Jahren kennt
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Nach hundert Jahren kennt
die Stätte keiner mehr,
wo einstmals Agonie präsent -
Friede nunmehr.

Fremde schlendern dahin,
wo siegreich Wildwuchs sprießt,
der alten Grabinschriften Sinn
sich schwer erschließt.

Winde auf Sommerflur
erinnern Weg und Ziel -
Eingebung hebt den Schlüssel auf,
der uns entfiel.

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This text was added to the website: 2018-03-03
Line count: 12
Word count: 45