Hermann Hesse
Calw, Württemberg
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In Secret We Thirst

Rating: 3.5
Graceful, spiritual,
with the gentleness of arabesques
our life is similar
to the existence of fairies
that spin in soft cadence
around nothingness
to which we sacrifice
the here and now

Dreams of beauty, youthful joy
like a breath in pure harmony
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Ratnakar Mandlik 06 June 2020
" always ready for the game yet, secretly, we thirst for reality" . Great revealation of human psyche. A wonderful modern poem of the day.
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Mahtab Bangalee 06 June 2020
in metaphysical terms we like to sacrifice our life to find out the ultimate truth of spirituality and the belief in Almighty though there emptiness makes us sorrow and thirst for reality of practical life......
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Dominic Windram 06 June 2020
Profound poem about the human condition...Hesse seems to be suggesting that we're mere shadows of what we could be. We are divided selves; torn between light and dark. Instead of sacrificing, ' the here and now', we need to actualise our potential in life. Anyway, it's a 10 from me!
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Mahtab Bangalee 06 June 2019
Dreams of beauty, youthful joy like a breath in pure harmony with the depth of your young surface...// superb lines
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Bernard F. Asuncion 06 June 2019
One of the best poems by Hermann Hesse..............................
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Yet secretly we thirst for reality. For the conceiving, for the birth. We are thirst for sorrows and death. Beautiful
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paul amrod 06 June 2019
Graceful, spiritual, arabesque-like Our life seems like that of fairies In gentle dances to turn the void, To whom we sacrificed being and present. Beauty of dreams, fair play, So hovered, so carefully tuned, Glowing deep under your serene face Longing for night, for blood, for barbarism. In emptiness, without compulsion and need, Free our lives, always ready to play, But secretly we thirst for reality, After procreation and birth, after suffering and death.
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paul amrod 06 June 2019
I speak German and am somewhat disappointed with the translation.
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Edward Kofi Louis 06 June 2019
Youthful joy! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Dr Antony Theodore 06 June 2019
Dreams of beauty, youthful joy like a breath in pure harmony with the depth of your young surface where sparkles the longing for the night for blood and barbarity.. a fine poem. tony
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