You sleep | A poem by Gerhard Falkner, 1996

Egon Schiele Seated Boy 1910

Egon Schiele, Seated Boy, 1910

You sleep and lie next to your hair
your white leg is propped up
and I, on whom it rests, I am the world
made glum by your sleep, am the danger
that keeps your dream quietly in suspense.

You sleep and lie next to your hair
I embedded a whisper in your ear
it speaks to you, that I was the evening
the drunkenness, the quivering in the pessary
it speaks to you the speech that rescues me

Gerhard Falkner, You sleep, 1996
tr. Donna Stonecipher

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