Sieh jene Kraniche in großem Bogen!
Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)
see the cranes in a great bow
the clouds which part for them
traveled with them already, when they escaped
from one life to the next
at the same height and with the same haste
they seem both of them only next to
so that the crane may share with the cloud
the beautiful sky which they both fly in
so that neither stay longer
and neither may see something other than the swaying
of the other in the wind which they both feel
who now lie near one another in flight
thus the wind may carry them away to nothingness
only if they do not pass away and stay for one another
thus long nothing may touch them
thus long one may chase them away from any place
where rains threaten or shots resound
thus under sun and moon's few various panes
they flie on, altogether smitten
where to, you? nowhere. from whom away? from all.
you ask, how long have they been together? shortly.
and when will they part? soon.
thus seems love a hold for lovers.