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Poetry Pleases: A Winter Evening

William Ruleman presents a translation of “Ein Winterabend” by Georg Trakl (1887-1914), a poem with a comforting message for all the years.

At the window, the fall of snow.
It tolls long now, the evening bell.
The table is set for many, as well,
The house well-ordered, aglow.

And many from their wanderings
Arrive by dark paths at the gate.
The Tree of Grace blooms gold, if late;
From out of earth’s chill sap it springs.

Traveler, enter with silent tread.
Pain has petrified the door.
Yet clean and bright on the table before
You gleam the wine, the bread.

--William Ruleman


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