by Karl Friedrich von Gerok (1815 - 1890)
Translation © by Sharon Krebs

Blühender Mohn
Language: German (Deutsch) 
Available translation(s): ENG
  Laue, linde
Wiegt mein Mohnfeld leicht und leis,
  Daß die blanken
  Blüten schwanken,
Rosenrot und lilienweiß!

Stehn auf ihrer Höhe schon,
  Deiner Fahnen
  Leises Mahnen,
Wohl vernehm ich's, bunter Mohn!

  Sinnend steh ich,
  Träumend seh' ich
Weit ins Land vom Wiesensaum:
  Winde weben,
  Blüten beben
-- Und das Leben ist ein Traum. --

Confirmed with Unter dem Abendstern. Gedichte von Karl Gerok, Sechste vermehrte Auflage, Stuttgart: Druck und Verlag von Greiner & Pfeiffer, 1889, page 35.


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  • ENG English (Sharon Krebs) , "Blooming poppies", copyright © 2021, (re)printed on this website with kind permission

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Blooming poppies
Language: English  after the German (Deutsch) 
  Warm, gentle
  Summer winds,
Rock my field of poppies lightly and quietly,
  So that the shining
  Blooms sway,
Rose-red and lily-white!

  June sun,
  Bliss of summer
Are already at their zenith,
  Your flags’
  Quiet admonishing,
I perceive it well, colourful poppies!

  I stand pondering,
  Dreamily I gaze
Far into the countryside from the border of the meadow:
  Winds weave,
  Blossoms tremble
-- And life is a dream. --


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