Else Lasker-Schüler | Abschied (3)

Else Lasker-Schüler (1869-1945) was a German born poet and artist. For a detailed biography, please see the Jewish Women’s Archive where they write “the entire Expressionist generation were among her admirers. Her poems appeared in all important avant-garde journals and anthologies, including Das Kinobuch, a 1914 collection of film scenarios.” Below I have translated one of her poems titled “Abschied” (she has a few poems bearing the same name). Also, there is a lovely reading of this poem in the original german available on youtube.

Else Lasker-Schler

Farewell

I wanted always to speak
many words of love to you.

Now you are searching restlessly
For lost wonders.

But when my music boxes play
We celebrate marriage.

O, your sweet eyes
Are my favorite flowers.

And your heart is my Heaven…
Let me gaze into it.

You are entirely of glittering mint
So smooth and dreamy.

I wanted always to speak
many words of love to you,

Why did I not do that?

Abschied

Ich wollte dir immerzu
Viele Liebesworte sagen,

Nun suchst du ruhlos
Nach verlorenen Wundern.

Aber wenn meine Spieluhren spielen
Feiern wir Hochzeit.

O, deine süßen Augen
Sind meine Lieblingsblumen.

Und dein Herz ist mein Himmelreich…
Laß mich hineinschauen.

Du bist ganz aus glitzernder Minze
Und so weich versonnen.

Ich wollte dir immerzu
Viele Liebesworte sagen,

Warum tat ich das nicht?

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