Hermann Hesse

(2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962 / Calw, Württemberg)

Without You


My Pillow gazes upon me at night
Empty as a gravestone;
I never thought it would be so bitter
To be alone,
Not to lie down asleep in your hair.

I lie alone in a silent house,
The hanging lamp darkened,
And gently stretch out my hands
To gather in yours,
And softly press my warm mouth
Toward you, and kiss myself, exhausted and weak-
Then suddenly I'm awake
And all around me the cold night grows still.
The star in the window shines clearly-
Where is your blond hair,
Where your sweet mouth?

Now I drink pain in every delight
And poison in every wine;
I never knew it would be so bitter
To be alone,
Alone, without you.


Translated by James Wright

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Thursday, May 26, 2011

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  • Sunho Lee (8/28/2011 10:52:00 AM)

    Very interesting!
    And deeply moved.
    I really want to fall in love with such a gorgeous girl like this. (Report) Reply

  • Ritty Patnaik (7/4/2009 4:59:00 AM)

    a poem of deep yearning, when one is at the fagend of life, trying to gather some happy moments.a very good write. (Report) Reply

  • ***** ********* (8/17/2006 12:00:00 PM)

    I knew why I loved this man, and his poetry just confirms it. A master of poetry in emotion imo, Tai (Report) Reply

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