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Thursday 17 March 2011

Vigilance: Hölderlin: Im Walde / In the Forest



Official in protective gear talks to a woman who is from the evacuation area near the Fukushima Daini nuclear plant in Koriyama, 13 March:
photo by Reuters/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Horet das Horn des Wächters bei Nacht
Nach Mitternacht ists um die fünfte Stunde

Hear the watchman's horn at night
After midnight about the fifth hour


Man who was evacuated from vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant washes his spectacles at Japanese Defense Forces' makeshift facility to cleanse people who might have been exposed to radiation, Nihonmatsu, 14 March: photo by Reuters/Yuriko Nakao

Friedrich Hölderlin (1770-1783): Im Walde / In the Forest, fragment (excerpt), c. 1803-1806, in Hymns and Fragments, translated by Richard Sieburth, 1984


aditya said...

Its disturbingly strange that we are submitting ultimately to invisibility yet again- the smallest units on the planet, atoms neutrons electrons notwithstanding the amount of effort that went in creating the devils out of them. If only .. a god would now give up his share of invisibility.

See this

The poem is very mysterious.

hardPressed poetry said...

"The horror! The horror!"

TC said...

Submitting ultimately to invisibility yet again... atoms neutrons electrons... "The horror! The horror!"

And all because somebody had a Theory.