Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

An Great Gift!

Petra was delighted to see German on this blog, and so offers her own translation of Rilke.
Vielen Dank, Petra!!

Ich ließ meinen Engel lange nicht los,                             I didn't let go my angel for a long time
und er verarmte mir in den Armen                                 and he died away within my arms
und wurde klein, und ich wurde groß:                         he became small, and I became great
und auf einmal war ich das Erbarmen,                         and suddenly I was mercy,
und er eine zitternde Bitte bloß.                                 and he a trembling plea.

Da hab ich ihm seine Himmel gegeben, -                         Then I gave him back his heaven,-
und er ließ mir das Nahe, daraus er entschwand;        and he left the nearby, from which he vanished;
er lernte das Schweben, ich lernte das Leben,                he learned how to hover, I learned how to live,
und wir haben langsam einander erkannt...                         and slowly we recognized one another.




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