This Chain Of Riddles

This chain of riddles
placed around the neck of the night
word of the king written far away
illegible
perhaps in a comet’s flight
when the gaping wound of heaven
hurts

there
in the beggar who has room
and – crawling on his knees –
has measured out the length of all the roads
with his body

for the legible
must be suffered to the end
and dying learnt
by being patient –

DIESE KETTE VON RÄTSELN

Diese Kette von Rätseln
um den Hals der Nacht gelegt
Königswort weit fort geschrieben
unlesbar
vielleicht in Kometenfahrt
wenn die aufgerissene Wunde des Himmels
schmerzt

da
in dem Bettler der Raum hat
und auf Knien gehend
ausgemessen hat alle Landstraßen
mit seinem Leib

denn es muß ausgelitten werden
das Lesbare
und Sterben gelernt
im Geduldigsein 

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