Louise Glück_the red Poppy_der blutrote Mohn

The great thing

is not having a mind. Feelings:

oh, I have those; they govern me.

I have a lord in heaven called the sun,

and open for him, showing him the fire

of my own heart, fire like his presence.

What could such glory be if not a heart?

Oh my brothers and sisters, were you like

me once, long ago, before you were

human? Did you permit yourselves

to open once, who would never open

again? Because in truth I am speaking

now the way you do. I speak because

I am shattered.

(Wilde Iris, Louise Glück/ Literaturnobelpreis 2020)

(Zeichnung, MJS, 2012)

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