Wednesday, February 10, 2010


I had forgotten
how harsh these conditions are:
the earth not obsolete
but still, the river cold, shallow—
Of my sleep, I remember
nothing. When I cried out,
my voice soothed me unexpectedly.
In the silence of consciousness I asked myself:
why did I reject my life? And I answer
Die Erde überwältigt mich:
the earth defeats me.
—Louise Glück