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Novalis - When Geometric Diagrams...

English version by Robert Bly
Original Language German




When geometric diagrams and digits
Are no longer the keys to living things,
When people who go about singing or kissing
Know deeper things than the great scholars,
When society is returned once more
To unimprisoned life, and to the universe,
And when light and darkness mate
Once more and make something entirely transparent,
And people see in poems and fairy tales
The true history of the world,
Then our entire twisted nature will turn
And run when a single secret word is spoken.


-- from News of the Universe: Poems of Twofold Consciousness, Edited by Robert Bly
Poetry Chaikhana | Novalis - When Geometric Diagrams...


Perhaps myth is the "true history" of humanity.

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abendstille
Nov. 2nd, 2015 06:54 am (UTC)
Original:
Wenn nicht mehr Zahlen und Figuren
Sind Schlüssel aller Kreaturen
Wenn die, so singen oder küssen,
Mehr als die Tiefgelehrten wissen,
Wenn sich die Welt ins freye Leben
Und in die Welt wird zurück begeben,
Wenn dann sich wieder Licht und Schatten
Zu ächter Klarheit werden gatten,
Und man in Mährchen und Gedichten
Erkennt die wahren Weltgeschichten,
Dann fliegt vor Einem geheimen Wort
Das ganze verkehrte Wesen fort."

what a coincidence! Just yesterday we watched a concert of songwriters and one of them quoted this poem and reminded us that this is a way to get out of the current situation.
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