Treasure Island

Sadiqullah Khan


Terrible Beauty


The tree roots at Auschwitz
Two, a flower-
Boomed, so-
on to die of hemlock.
Aesthecising death camps
To a receptive ‘you’
In a bottle, either pick or leave.
‘a desperate dialogue’
A sort of homecoming.

Sparser
Idiosyncratic broken
Narrowing counterpoint Engfuhrung
Negation, un split yes and no. Fudge.
Thinner less knowable finer
Innermost recesses
Set free
Paradoxically absurd, anomalous amongst
The moderns
Highly un - imitable
Attention is the natural prayer of the soul
Understand
Explicit is ugly.

Round and round
I break and break
Ashen hair, golden hair
Mother is waiting for the cloud to rain on the well.
Yellowish garden eyes rolling in front
Keep the essence
Terrifying words on a breath rhythm
Roll in the line
For the hammered syllabi with hammer –

Death held him
When all fell away from him

‘Think of it’
The axes in the barbed wires.
They were singing.

She sent bread to her husband
To heal him. Hanging.
A leaf without tree
Fugue of Death…

-To Paul Celan (1920-1970) , poet and translator, Romania.

Bremen Prize speech by Paul Celan:

“Only one thing remained reachable, close and secure amid all losses: language. Yes, language. In spite of everything, it remained secure against loss. But it had to go through its own lack of answers, through terrifying silence, through the thousand darknesses of murderous speech. It went through. It gave me no words for what was happening, but went through it. Went through and could resurface, 'enriched' by it all.”

Submitted: Saturday, October 05, 2013
Edited: Sunday, May 25, 2014

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Topic(s): love

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Terrible Beauty by Sadiqullah Khan )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Goodbye 2014, Michael McParland
  2. Holding Moments In Cupped Hands, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  3. Beauty, Brianna Kimball
  4. Seminars, Mark Heathcote
  5. Your Love, Lawrence S. Pertillar
  6. Im not her, Brianna Kimball
  7. LIKE AN EAGLE, Romeo Della Valle
  8. My eyes feel like cactus flowers, Jena Crowe
  9. No Escape From Hidden Love, RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  10. My Demons, Brianna Kimball

Poem of the Day

poet Henry Lawson


The old year went, and the new returned, in the withering weeks of drought,
The cheque was spent that the shearer earned,
and the sheds were all cut out;
...... Read complete »

   

Member Poem

[Hata Bildir]