Tuesday, 7 February 2017

From the Deep Waters of Sleep - Johanna Adriana Ader-Appels

"From the deep waters of sleep I wake up to consciousness.
In the distance I hear a train rumbling in the early morning.
It is going East and passes the border. Then it will stop."
"I feel my heart beating too. It will go on beating for some time.
Then it will stop.
I wonder if the little heart that has beaten with mine, has stopped.
When he passed the border of birth, I laid him at my breast,
Rocked him in my arms.
He was very small then."
"A white body of a man, rocked in the arms of the waves,
Is very small too."
"What are we in the infinity of ocean and sky?
A small baby at the breast of eternity."
"Have you heard of happiness
Springing from a deep well of sorrow?
Of love, springing from pain and despondency, agony and death?
Such is mine."