Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 18: Birgit Müller-Wieland, »Clumsy little fir cone men«

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Birgit Müller-Wieland

Clumsy little fir cone men*

Each year at the end of November she led me
deep into the forest, a tiny dandling witch,
with a headscarf and basket; she knew every name
and all the right places to the brown little men,
as she called them, my grandmother piloted me, I
stumbled; some fell down on our heads.

We collected other treasures as well,
until I, too, was walking hunchbacked.
When going home, smoke rose up,
and twilight was among the tree trunks.
Always she found the way back out.

The other day I pointed with golden fingers to
my decorated advent landscape:
the forest as fine as green teddy bear fur
of moss, stone, and orbs, fir cones, painted over:
»Tschurtscherl«, as she called them, glistening.

* »Tschurtscherl«, the title of the German original, is a dialectal word used in the alpine regions meaning fir or pine cones.

translated by Paul-Henri Campbell

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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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