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German Poetry

My German professor in college exposed us to quite a bit of poetry over the years, and I loved most of it. I thought I would share one of my favorites with you today (along with what translation I can do after this long without using the language). This was written during World War II, I believe.

Peter Maiwald

Ich möchte ein Bild sein,
sehr alt und sehr teuer.
Wenn dann ein Krieg ist
und lang kein Sieg ist,
dann schützt man mich
vor Bomben und Feuer.

Child’s Wish

I wish I were a painting,
Very old and expensive.
Then when there’s a war
And for a long time no end,
Then men will shield me
From bombs and fire.

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