English poetry

Poems in English

The Mask Of Evil

On my wall hangs a Japanese carving, The mask of an evil demon, decorated with gold lacquer. Sympathetically I observe […]

What Has Happened?

The industrialist is having his aeroplane serviced. The priest is wondering what he said in his sermon eight weeks ago […]

I Never Loved You More

I never loved you more, ma soeur Than as I walked away from you that evening. The forest swallowed me, […]

On Reading A Recent Greek Poet

After the wailing had already begun Along the walls, their ruin certain, The Trojans fidgeted with bits of wood In […]

Kinderhymne (Children’s Hymn)

[original] Anmut sparet nicht noch Mьhe Leidenschaft nicht noch Verstand DaЯ ein gutes Deutschland blьhe Wie ein andres gutes Land […]

On The Critical Attitude

The critical attitude Strikes many people as unfruitful That is because they find the state Impervious to their criticism But […]

From A German War Primer

AMONGST THE HIGHLY PLACED It is considered low to talk about food. The fact is: they have Already eaten. The […]

O Germany, Pale Mother!

Let others speak of her shame, I speak of my own. O Germany, pale mother! How soiled you are As […]

Send Me A Leaf

Send me a leaf, but from a bush That grows at least one half hour Away from your house, then […]

To Those Born After

To the cities I came in a time of disorder That was ruled by hunger. I sheltered with the people […]

My young son asks me

My young son asks me: Must I learn mathematics? What is the use, I feel like saying. That two pieces […]

To Posterity

Indeed I live in the dark ages! A guileless word is an absurdity. A smooth forehead betokens A hard heart. […]

The Solution

After the uprising of the 17th June The Secretary of the Writers Union Had leaflets distributed in the Stalinallee Stating […]

Alabama Song

Show me the way to the next whisky bar Oh, don’t ask why, oh, don’t ask why Show me the […]

Radio Poem

You little box, held to me escaping So that your valves should not break Carried from house to house to […]

United Front Song

And because a man is human He’ll want to eat, and thanks a lot But talk can’t take the place […]


We embrace. Rich cloth under my fingers While yours touch poor fabric. A quick embrace You were invited for dinner […]

Mack The Knife

Oh, the shark has pretty teeth, dear And he shows them pearly white. Just a jack knife has Macheath, dear […]

Contemplating Hell

Contemplating Hell, as I once heard it, My brother Shelley found it to be a place Much like the city […]

Solidarity Song

Peoples of the world, together Join to serve the common cause! So it feeds us all for ever See to […]

Not What Was Meant

When the Academy of Arts demanded freedom Of artistic expression from narrow-minded bureaucrats There was a howl and a clamour […]