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Life Arts    H4'ed 9/24/20

Two Heinrich Heine Poems in Translation

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Questions

By the sea, by the wild nocturnal sea

stands a young man,

his breast full of sighs, his head full of doubts,

and with melancholy lips, he asks the waves:

"O solve for me the riddle,

the agonizing age-old riddle,

over which by now so many heads have pondered:

heads in hieroglyphic caps,

heads in turbans and black berets,

heads in wigs and thousands of other

poor perspiring mortal heads -

tell me, what is the meaning of Man?

Where did he come from? Where is he heading?

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John Kendall Hawkins is an American ex-pat freelance journalist and poet currently residing in Australia. His poetry, commentary, and reviews have appeared in publications in Oceania, Europe and the USA, such as Cordite, Morning Star, Hanging (more...)
 

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