Autunm eats its leaf out of my hand: we are friends.
From the nuts we shell time and we teach it to walk:
then time returns to the shell.

In the mirror it's Sunday,
in dream there is room for sleeping,
our mouths speak the truth.

My eye moves down to the sex of my loved one:
we look at each other,
we exchange dark words,
we love each other like poppy and recollection,
we sleep like wine in the conches,
like the sea in the moon's blood ray.

We stand by the window embracing, and people look up from
the street:
it is time they knew!
It is time the stone made an effort to flower,
time unrest had a beating heart.
It is time it were time.

It is time.

Paul Celan
tr. Michael Hamburger



  1. perfect!
    i can't believe we had forgotten this one until now.

  2. so many windows, such little time... ;-p

  3. and it seems that with all your windows you have once again forgotten! (and here i thought i was the one with the poor memory) ;-p

  4. haha


    it is one of my favourite poems so perhaps that is the reason, every time i read it, it feels like i discover it anew :-)

  5. it is a marvel and worth reading again and again...