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

Heaven is what I cannot reach!
Language: English 
Available translation(s): GER
Heaven is what I cannot reach!
The apple on the tree,
Provided it do hopeless hang,
That "heaven" is, to me. 

The color on the cruising cloud,
The interdicted ground
Behind the hill, the house behind,-
There Paradise is found!

Her teazing Purples - Afternoons - 
The credulous - decoy - 
Enamored - of the Conjuror - 
That spurned us - Yesterday! 

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Word count: 62

„Himmel“ ‑ ist, was sich mir entzieht!
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
„Himmel“  - ist, was sich mir entzieht!
Der Apfel hoch am Zweig,
der unerreichbar für mich ist,
sich mir als „Himmel“ zeigt.

Im Farbton, der die Wolke ziert,
Land, das sich mir verschließt -
weit hinter Flur und Hausgeviert,
findet sich - Paradies!

Sein Rot betört zum Abend hin
Leichtgläub’ge ohnedies -
Die Gottheit zieht uns zu sich hin,
die uns einst von sich wies.

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This text was added to the website: 2020-04-27
Line count: 12
Word count: 65