This is who I have always been

a shiver of soft reeds  at the riverside

or the cascade of a waterfall.

Gypsy crows rise  to a soft dawn sky

gathering their kind they circle

back for me.



I can scarcely  bear the

splendor of the world,

its’  wonder humbles

the wisp  of me.

Minutiae of eyes and ears

and speechless tongue

astounded by the promise

of a  red sunrise.

Elegant trees  lift

their mighty arms

grand  gods in prayer,

host to creatures

red and green,  grey and brown

cornucopias of berries fill

their noble crowns.



I want to sail  above the sea,

this tiny fleck that is me,

a winged bird   bearer of

no possession

fragment of the universe



fine art America


Translation by  Bernd Hutschenreuther

Ein geflügelter Vogel sein

Ich vermag kaum, den Glanz
der Welt zu enthüllen,
ihre Wunder schmälern
noch meine Winzigkeit.
Details von Augen und Ohren
und Zunge, stumm,
erstaunt vom Versprechen
eines Sonnenaufgangs.
Vornehme Bäume erheben
ihre erhabenen Arme,
mächtige Götter im Gebet,
Gastgeber unzähliger Geschöpfe,
abgezupft in rot und grün,
Füllhörner mit Nüssen und Beeren
zieren ihre edlen Kronen.
Ich möchte das Meer durchsegeln,
winziger Fleck, der ich bin,
ein geflügelter Vogel, Träger
keines Besitzes, ein erfreuliches
Fragment des Alls,
einem jeden sichtbar.

Deutsch: Bernd Hutschenreuther




63 thoughts on “a winged bird

  1. So, Bernd Hutschenreuther translated your poem?
    It’s crazy, but I just got home from a walk. I thought, as I gazed at the same things I see almost every day, that I was a tiny speck on the planet… less than that in the universe.
    You have put it all so beautifully into words, that my speckless is speechless.

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  2. I’m delighted Erika because Bergell is a place of enchantment, may you spend each day among the flowers on the mountainside or the trickling brooks that spill into the valley. 🌻


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