I Love You So (by Joachim Ringelnatz; transl. Ernest A. Seemann)

I love you so!
I would, without any regret
Give you a mattress spring
Of my bed.

I’ve not been untrue
Now I am quite low.
Aslant of the railroad berm new
Yellow the gorse bushes glow.

Past, gone without woe
Though never forgotten.
I rove.
Long lasting things are slow
And mauve.

Time disbowels
The living breed.
A dog growls.
He cannot read.
He cannot write
We cannot sit tight.

I laugh.
Caviar is an epitaph
On sturgeon’s roe.
I love you so.


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