Georg Trakl

(3 February 1887 - 3 November 1914 / Salzburg)

Nocturnal Lament - Poem by Georg Trakl

The night has risen over the rumpled forehead

With beautiful stars

By the hill, where you lay petrified by pain,

A wild animal in the garden rankled your heart.

A fiery angel,

You lie with broken breast on stony field,

Or in the forest a nocturnal bird's

Unending lament

Always repeating in thorny night branches.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 6, 2012

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