Georg Trakl

(3 February 1887 - 3 November 1914 / Salzburg)

Metamorphosis - Poem by Georg Trakl

An eternal light glows dark-red,

A heart so red, in sin's pressure!

Hail, o Mary!

Your pale effigy has blossomed

And your mantled body glows,

O woman, Mary!

In sweet tortures your lap burns,

Then your eye smiles painfully and largely,

O mother, Mary!


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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 6, 2012



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