Hermann Hesse: “I Love the Women …”

“I Love the Women …”

I love the women of ancient days
whom poets adored and lavished with praise.

I love the cities where a faceless wall
still mourns a dynasty’s rise and fall.

I love the cities that one day will reign
when none of today’s inhabitants remain.

I love the women—slender and sublime,
who sleep unborn still in the womb of time.

One day they will loose a pale star that gleams
with the same beauty as the beauty of my dreams.

Hermann Hesse

Translated from German by Paul Weinfield, © 2014

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