Heinrich Heine

(13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856 / Dusseldorf)

Als Ich, Auf Der Reise - Poem by Heinrich Heine

Just by chance on my journey
I met my beloved’s kin,
Sister and father and mother
Knew me, and welcomed me in.
They asked me how I was faring,
And said, as I entered the place,
That I wasn’t changed a bit, just
A little thin in the face.
I asked after aunts and cousins,
After many a tiresome one,
And asked how their little dog,
With its soft little bark had done.
And I asked about my darling,
Married now, by and by:
They kindly gave me an answer:
In childbed she did lie.
And I offered congratulations,
And murmured lovingly,
To give her a thousand greetings
With all their heart, from me.
Little sister interrupted:
Their dog so sweet and fine,
Had grown quite large and fierce,
And been drowned in the Rhine.
That little one’s like my darling,
Especially when she smiles:
The look that made me miserable:
She has the selfsame eyes.

Comments about Als Ich, Auf Der Reise by Heinrich Heine

  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (1/6/2017 9:28:00 PM)

    Tragedy Selfsame Eyes

    chance encounters
    encounters tragic
    encounters painful
    encounters masked

    with polite conversations
    meeting remembered relatives
    relatives of lost beloved
    unrequited love not returned

    polite conversation
    kind polite words
    asking after everyone else

    asking after the one loved lost
    brilliantly tragically concluded
    with looks that made miserable

    because a sibling has
    piercing haunting transfixing
    pain the selfsame eyes

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Als Ich, Auf Der Reise' by the poet Heinrich Heine.
    Dedicated to the poet Heinrich Heine.

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (12/13/2016 11:46:00 PM)

    polite conversation, kind polite words, asking after the one he loved and lost, brilliantly tragically concluded with

    'The look that made me miserable:
    She has the selfsame eyes.'

    wonderfully concluded, wonderfully written

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  • Nelson Moore (6/16/2010 6:32:00 PM)

    The poem's theme reminds me of Wordsworth's Lucy poems. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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