The Distant Flutes by Li Tai Pe

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Abend atmete aus Blumenblüten,
Als im fernen Winde wer die Flöte blies.
Laßt mich eine Gerte von den Zweigen brechen,
Flöte schnitzen und wie jene Flöte tun.

Wenn die Nächte nun
Ihren Schlaf behüten,
Hören Vögel, wie zwei Flöten süß
Ihre Sprache sprechen.


(Alfred Henschke) Klabund
Aus der Sammlung Chinesische Gedichte





The Distant Flutes by Li Tai Pe -a free translation


The evening is seeped in the heavy scent of rose blossom

As the distant winds catch the notes of flutes.

Let me carve a such a  flute myself

from this overhanging branch


May the night guard you

as you sleep,

Lulled listening to the birds, as two sweet melancholy

flutes whisper to you in your own secret language.




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