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Der Panther (English translation)

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The Panther

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The Panther
In the Jardin des Plantes, Paris
 
His gaze against the sweeping of the bars
has grown so weary, it can hold no more.
To him, there seem to be a thousand bars
and back behind those thousand bars no world.
 
The soft the supple step and sturdy pace,
that in the smallest of all circles turns,
moves like a dance of strength around a core
in which a mighty will is standing stunned.
 
Only at times the pupil’s curtain slides
up soundlessly — . An image enters then,
goes through the tensioned stillness of the limbs —
and in the heart ceases to be.
 
Thanks!
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Submitted by QuestionfinderQuestionfinder on Sun, 05/10/2014 - 17:21
Author's comments:

This is NOT my translation. This translation is taken from Wikipedia, the author is uncredited there. Here is the page I found it on as of October5 2014: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Panther_%28poem%29

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Der Panther

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