Do You See Me

Between earth and Heaven?
I’ve never been anything but alone.

But your face warms my world.
Everything that blooms, blooms from you.

When you look at me,
My heart sweetens.

Day and night, beneath your smile,
I lie, preparing myself,

Conjuring you up and letting you go.
It’s the only game I play.

“Siehst Du Mich,” by Else Lasker-Schüler
Translated from the German by Jay Hopler

 

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