Celan: Epitaph for François


Paul Celan, 1945

Epitaph for François

The two doors of the world
stand open:
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.

About James Steerforth

I am an author of poetry and fiction, translator and painter who loves to have fun with borrowed feathers.
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1 Response to Celan: Epitaph for François

  1. ashley says:

    that was a beautiful and fortunate poem. I only wish there were more of it to read!!!!!!

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