Ernst Toller

(1 December 1893 – 22 May 1939 / Samotschin / Poland)

Sentry - Poem by Ernst Toller

Starry sky.
To restrain the beast
my rifle glows,
to fix the black barrel
to the milky moon.
The cry of the Snowy Owl.
A baby whimpers in the village.
The bullet,
treacherous wolf,
bursts into the sleeping house.
The night smells of lime-tree blossoms.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 30, 2012

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