A Love Song by Else Lasker-Schüler

Come to me in the night—we shall sleep closely together.
I am so tired, lonely from being awake.
A strange bird already sang in the dark early morning,
As my dream still wrestled with itself and me.

Flowers open before all the springs
Taking on the color of your eyes. . .

Come to me in the night on seven-starred shoes
And love shall be wrapped up until late in my tent.
Moons rise from the dusty trunk of heaven.

We shall make love quietly like two rare animals
In the high reeds behind this world.

translated by Michael Gillespie

End of the World by Else Lasker-Schüler

There is a crying in the world,
As if the good Lord had died,
And the lead shadow, which falls down,
Suffers gravely.

Come, let us hide nearer each other. . .
Life lies in every heart
As in coffins.

You! let us kiss deeply—
A longing throb against the planet
On which we must die.

translated by Willis Barnstone &  Michael Gillespie