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Sport 40: 2012

About Childhood

About Childhood

When childhood finished
wonder came to an end.
I stood, surely only yesterday,
at the field’s edge, where poppy
and camomile told me fairy-tales,
staring with my hand over my eyes
after the setting sun.
In the lime tree, older than war
and older than peace,
hung the Bürgermeister, listening,
head down, to the bees.
He had not meant it to be like this.

From Ins Reine © Suhrkamp Verlag, 2010. Except ‘Crow-biter’ and ‘Wooden House’ © Michael Krüger, 2012. English translations © Karen Leeder, 2012.