Ingeborg Bachmann

(1926 - 1973 / Austria)

I Know No Better World - Poem by Ingeborg Bachmann

Who knows of a better world should step forward.
Alone, no longer out of bravery, not wiping away this saliva,
this saliva worn upon the cheek
as if to a coronation, as if redeemed, whether at communion
or among comrades. The weak rabbit,
the rat, and those fallen there, all of them,
no longer alone, but as one, though still afraid,
the dream of returning home
in the dream of armament, in the dream
of returning home.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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