Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2016  Vol. 15 No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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translation from the German by Eric Torgersen

That’s How It Was

The years came and went
time passed almost unnoticed
a small stop on the road
that leads to us
names names names names
our education continued
after a time in which
it went wrong
the sun rose and set as before
rose in our faces
set behind our backs
the fun ended, mostly
nights were more peaceful
twilight came sooner or later
of course there were difficulties
we had plenty of them
we couldn’t complain that was just how it was
but we were the ones who always
put our shoulders to the wheel
we went through everything all together
there was nothing to be done
we did it just like the others
the fun ended, mostly
and anyway there was no time
when it had gone so far
everything had to go quickly
again years passed
back then there was nothing
some things seemed familiar to us
there were ups and downs as usual
with time a certain
adaptation can be observed
we did something,
it was something
you could live on it for a time
we’d come to see, it depended on that
we’d understood
that had its good and bad sides
that’s how it was  

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