Not with swords of numbers

Poems of Nelly Sachs in English

Not with swords of numbers
are mountains to be moved
Such things are better left to lovers
And always two foes
benighting the earth that
sold into the apocalypse
And always the persecuted
their destiny cut short
leaping into the flames
with eyes fixed on the Flood
seeking the Ark backwards
In the labyrinths of memory

Nicht mit Zahlenschwerten
sind Berge zu versetzen
Solches sei den Liebenden überlassen
Und immer zwei Gegner
umnachtend die Erde die
In die Apokalypse verkaufte
Und immer die Verfolgten
mit durchschnittenem Schicksal
in den Flammed springend
mit Sintflutaugen
die Arche suchend rückwärts
in den Wandelgängen der Erinnerung

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