Ursula Krechel

(1974 / Trier)

Speak, Heart! - Poem by Ursula Krechel

So cold was the heart that it
was afraid for itself,
it drowned language, wanted to be
called callous,
snuggled against tiles
lived like happy maggots
under baskets of sour cherries
gnawing selflessly into the strangeness,
head first, tired, so palpitating, the heart
was speechless. What also happened
very quietly the face fell into two pieces.
Language lost its thread
scraping into the ground, without purpose.

translated by Peter Skrzynecki


Comments about Speak, Heart! by Ursula Krechel

  • (2/2/2017 10:45:00 PM)


    gnawing selflessly into the strangeness. Nice conceptualization. Congrats on modern poet of the Day. (Report) Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/2/2017 10:28:00 AM)

    Ground, round!
    Two pieces! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/2/2017 4:23:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a broken hearted poem with only one way to go? (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (2/2/2017 2:06:00 AM)


    'So cold was the heart that it
    was afraid for itself, '

    I adored the clever interplay of developing ideas in this poem, the cold heart like a stone so beautifully morphs into the juxaposition of cherries 'snuggled against tiles', the happy maggots feasting on sour cherries, with the metaphorical 'so palpitating, the heart/ was speechless.'
    The juice of a cold sour heart is 'gnawing selflessly into the strangeness, / head first, tired, ' so like a love lost forlorn sad abandoned heart, the threads of love have all unraveled, like a love fallen upon knees in despair, the heart seems crushed underfoot, no purpose is left in a heart that cannot speak.
    A brilliant poem.
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/2/2017 1:57:00 AM)

    Purpose
    Thanks for sharing......... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 16, 2017



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