by Else Lasker-Schüler (1869 - 1945)
Translation © by Dr Michael P. Rosewall

Ich habe zu Hause ein blaues Klavier
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
Ich habe zu Hause ein blaues Klavier
Und kenne doch keine Note.

Es steht im Dunkel der Kellertür,
Seitdem die Welt verrohte.

Es spielten Sternenhände vier 
-- Die Mondfrau sang im Boote --
Nun tanzen die Ratten im Geklirr.

Zerbrochen ist die Klaviatür.....
Ich beweine die blaue Tote.

Ach liebe Engel öffnet mir
-- Ich aß vom bitteren Brote --
Mir lebend schon die Himmelstür,
Auch wider dem Verbote.

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  • Also set in Hebrew (עברית), a translation by Natan Zach , copyright © ; composed by Eyal Bat.

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This text was added to the website: 2012-11-09
Line count: 13
Word count: 65

I have at home a blue piano
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
I have at home a blue piano
And yet I don't know a single note.

It sits in the cellar darkness,
Ever since the world grew savage.

Four starry hands used to play it
– The moon maid sang in a boat –
Now rats dance in the jangling.

The keyboard is wrecked…
I mourn the blue corpse.

Ah, beloved angels, open for me
– I partook of bitter bread – 
Yet living, the gates of heaven,
Even though it is forbidden.

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This text was added to the website: 2022-06-27
Line count: 13
Word count: 82