Ingeborg Bachmann: “Brotherhood”

Brotherhood

Everything cuts and wounds,
and apologies are never quite true.
Hurting as you hurt, and hurtful,
I lived to live through you.

But the pure and spiritual touch
grows stronger with every violence.
We feel this as the years go by,
swept into coldest silence.

Ingeborg Bachmann

Translated from German by Paul Weinfield, © 2016
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