Paul Celan, 1945
Epitaph for François
The two doors of the world
opened by you
in the twinight.
We hear them slam and slam
and carry the uncertain,
and carry the green into your always.
– Paul Celan
From: Paul Celan, Von Schwelle zu Schwelle, 1955
Translated from the German by Johannes Beilharz.
François was Celan’s son, who died in 1953.