Paul Celan

(23 November 1920 - 20 April 1970 / (Cernăuţi, Bukovin) Chernivtsi, Ukraine)

Flower - Poem by Paul Celan

The stone.
The stone in the air, which I followed.
Your eye, as blind as the stone.

We were
hands,
we baled the darkness empty, we found
the word that ascended summer:
flower.

Flower - a blind man's word.
Your eye and mine:
they see
to water.

Growth.
Heart wall upon heart wall
adds petals to it.

One more word like this word, and the hammers
will swing over open ground.


Comments about Flower by Paul Celan

  • Gold Star - 16,507 Points Fabrizio Frosini (5/19/2015 2:28:00 AM)

    Flower

    The stone.
    The stone in the air that I followed.
    Your eye as blind as the stone.

    We were
    hands,
    we scooped out the darkness, we found
    the word which came up along the summer:
    flower.

    Flower – a word for the blind.
    Your eye and my eye:
    they supply
    water.

    Growth.
    Heartwell by heart wall
    puts forth new leaves.

    One word more, like this, and the hammers
    swing in the open.

    © 1995, Vivian Smith
    From: New Selected Poems
    Publisher: Angus & Robertson, Sydney,1995
    ISBN: 0 207 186316 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, November 23, 2011


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