Fußnote zu Rom

Fußnote zu Rom

Ich werfe keine Muenzen in den Brunnen,
ich will nicht wieder kommen.

Zuviel Abendland,
verdaechtig.

Zuviel Welt ausgespart.
Keine Moeglichkeit
fuer Steingaerten.

– Gunter Eich. Botschaften des Regens. Gedichte. Suhrkamp, 1955

Footnote on Rome

I won’t throw any coins into the fountain,
I do not want to come back.

Too much West,
suspicious.

Too much world left out.
No possibility
for stone gardens.

(translation Miseraestupendacittà 2010; Michael Hofmann has a different version in his translations of Eich,  Angina Days)

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