Ingeborg Bachmann

(1926 - 1973 / Austria)

Stay - Poem by Ingeborg Bachmann

Now the journey is ending,
the wind is losing heart.
Into your hands it's falling,
a rickety house of cards.

The cards are backed with pictures
displaying all the world.
You've stacked up all the images
and shuffled them with words.

And how profound the playing
that once again begins!
Stay, the card you're drawing
is the only world you'll win.


Comments about Stay by Ingeborg Bachmann

  • Gold Star - 27,068 Points Edward Kofi Louis (8/27/2015 4:04:00 AM)

    To stay around with the muse of love and life; before taking another decision. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,404 Points K.c. Ford (8/27/2015 3:01:00 AM)

    A poem worth reading and reflecting on our own lives. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 7,716 Points Ramesh T A (8/27/2015 12:41:00 AM)

    In card game the selection of card one makes decides one's chance of victory! It is true also in life the poet says indirectly in this poem perhaps, I belive! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,647 Points john tiong chunghoo (7/28/2006 4:15:00 AM)

    the journey is ending
    the head is signalling
    me all would soon be over
    see all this hair is falling
    as fast as my memory is fading
    they turn white totally white
    as sheets of my memory are
    though - soon it will be a total backout (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,647 Points john tiong chunghoo (7/28/2006 4:14:00 AM)

    the journey is ending
    the head is signalling
    me all would soon be over
    see all this hair is falling
    as fast as my memory is fading
    they turn white totally white
    as sheets of my memory are
    though - soon it will be a total backout (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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