Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 28: Odile Kennel, »›When I close my eyes, the sky is an excavator‹«

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Odile Kennel

»When I close my eyes,
the sky is an excavator«*

yellow, its bucket so large
you can fit the world in it. It’s the god
among all excavators on earth. They worship him
with every clackety-clack in their joints
their choral muck-raking is a riot
against their conditio technica, their howling
within the rage of the construction sites an exultation
overtone singing for divine ears.
They raise their shovels in a common tempo
high up into the sky, but that rhythm
would only be heard from above
if you yourself were god, heaven or
an excavator with the size of the heavens.
(Maybe children sense the hardships
excavators suffer or they want to be god
who operates the shovels.) I open
my eyes, the sky is an enormous
shovel, yellow, hanging
from the joints of the cosmos.
 

* The title is taken from a poem by Carl-Christian Elze.

translated by Paul-Henri Campbell

+ German Original / Das Original

 

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»Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!« is an online collection of contemporary German-language poetry in English translation. All poems were taken from issue no. 22 of the German poetry magazine DAS GEDICHT, focused on the Poetry of Things. New English translations by Paul-Henri Campbell as well as the German originals are published here every Wednesday. All poems of this online-collection will also be published in a special print-edition. In order to read previous poems in this series, click here.

»Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!« ist eine Online-Sammlung zeitgenössischer deutschsprachiger Dinggedichte in englischer Übersetzung. Alle Texte sind Band 22 der Zeitschrift DAS GEDICHT entnommen. Jeden Mittwoch erscheint ein neues Gedicht, das von Paul-Henri Campbell ins Englische übertragen wurde, zusammen mit dem deutschen Original. Die Beiträge dieser Online-Anthologie gibt es auch als Sonderausgabe in Buchform. Alle bereits erschienenen Folgen von »Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!« finden Sie hier.

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