December - Poem by Georg Trakl
At evening jugglers travel through the forest
On quaint wagons, small steeds.
A golden stash seems locked in clouds.
In the white plain villages are painted.
The wind swings shield and billet black and cold.
A raven follows the morose comrades.
From the sky a ray falls on bloody gutters
And placidly a funeral procession pilgrimages to the cemetery.
The shepherd's hut dwindles nearby in the gray,
In the pond a brilliance of old treasures glistens;
The farmers sit down in the tavern for wine.
A boy glides shyly to a woman.
One still sees the sexton in the vestry
And reddish utensils, beautiful and dim.
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