For Ian Gold – 2 by Holderlin



Ripened the fruit, in fire cast, baked
And tried on the earth, and it is the law
That all go back into it, like snakes,
Prophetic, dreaming on
The hills of the heavens. And there is so much
Like a burden
Of logs on the shoulders
That has to be borne.

Though the roads
Are not right. For discrepant,
As horses, go the tethered
Elements and the immemorial
Laws of the earth. And ever
A longing strains after the fetterless. But there is so much
That has to be borne. And one must be true.
Let us look not before, though,
Nor after. May we be rocked, rather, as
A boat is cradled at sea.

Friedrich Holderlin
Translated by Kate Flores

  • Patmos (fragment)
    .Near is God, and hard to apprehend.
    But where danger is,
    There arises salvation also.
    In darkness dwell the eagles,
    And fearless across the abyss go
    the sons of the Alps
    On lightly-built bridges.
    Therefore, since all round
    Are upheaped the summits of time
    And those who dwell nearest in love
    Must languish on uttermost mountains
    Give us then innocent water,
    Oh, pinions give us
    That we may pass over
    With constant minds
    And again return.
    Friedrich Holderlin
    (quoted to the best of my recollection)
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    2 Responses to For Ian Gold – 2 by Holderlin

    1. milo2k says:

      o my mountain of east
      covered in whiteness
      is it light or snow
      shimmering deep
      waiting to break free
      in fullness of time
      when the sublime
      take over
      what is mine
      left ?


    2. sleepinghill says:

      Thanks, milo2k. One good poem deserves another.


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