Ingeborg Bachmann (1926 - 1973 / Austria)
War is no longer declared,
only continued. The monstrous
has become everyday. The hero
stays away from battle. The weak
have gone to the front.
The uniform of the day is patience,
its medal the pitiful star of hope above the heart.
The medal is awarded
when nothing more happens,
when the artillery falls silent,
when the enemy has grown invisible
and the shadow of eternal armament
covers the sky.
It is awarded
for desertion of the flag,
for bravery in the face of friends,
for the betrayal of unworthy secrets
and the disregard
of every command.
Ingeborg Bachmann's Other Poems
- A Kind Of Loss
- Borrowed Time
- Die Häfen Waren Geöffnet
- Easter Zunday
- Every Day
- I Know No Better World
- I Step Outside Myself
- In The Storm Of Roses
- My Orcha'd In Linden Lea
- Nach Dieser Sintflut
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