Thursday, December 27, 2007

Sometimes

Herman Hesse
Translated by Robert Bly

Sometimes, when a bird cries out,
Or the wind sweeps through a tree,
Or a dog howls in a far off farm,
I hold still and listen a long time.

My soul turns and goes back to the place
Where, a thousand forgotten years ago,
The bird and the blowing wind
Were like me, and were my brothers.

My soul turns into a tree,
And an animal, and a cloud bank.
Then changed and odd it comes home
And asks me questions. What should I reply?

1 comment:

dan said...

from News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness
chosen and introduced by Robert Bly