Lustful Things – Geile Sachen!, Folge 4: Susanne Stephan, »The little red one«

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Susanne Stephan

The little red one

Fire engine! It was a fire engine
made of plastic, from Grandma,
wasn’t what we agreed upon!
It was her second birthday;
not the play farm, not the DUPLO box.

There’s a photo on which our daughter
is grasping it with both hands: THE GIFT.

It had blinking lights and two signals,
one of which was quite garbled: »Danger, beware«?
We put our ears to it,
but each of us heard something else,
only our daughter nodded, A-ok.

The other was a siren
that increasingly sounded peculiar.
Soon, one of the wheels went missing.

The engine slipped deeper and deeper
down into the toy box,
and only one evening when I stuffed everything
strewn about the floor into it,
way too much, half of it broken,
screamed: why didn’t I long ago– !

there it cried out loud.

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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