Lieben, was sterblich ist: In Blackwater Woods, von Mary Oliver

Look, the trees                                                     Schau, die Bäume
are turning                                                           verwandeln
their own bodies                                                   ihre eigenen Stämme
into pillars                                                            in Säulen
of light,                                                               aus Licht,
are giving off the rich                                           spenden den reichen
fragrance of cinnamon                                          Duft von Zimt
and fulfillment,                                                    und Erfüllung,
the long tapers                                                    die langen Kegel
of cattails                                                            von Rohrkolben
are bursting and floating away over                       brechen auf und schweben davon über
the blue shoulders                                                die blauen Schultern
of the ponds,                                                       der Teiche,
and every pond,                                                  und jeder Teich,
no matter what ist                                               egal, wie sein
name is, is                                                          Name ist, ist
nameless now.                                                   namenlos jetzt.
Every year                                                         Jedes Jahr
everything                                                         deutet alles,
I have ever learned                                            was ich jemals gelernt habe
in my lifetime                                                    in meinem Leben
leads back to this: the fires                                darauf hin: die Feuer
and the black river of loss                                  und der schwarze Fluss des Verlusts
whose other side                                               dessen anderes Ufer
is salvation,                                                      die Rettung ist,
whose meaning                                                 deren Bedeutung
none of us will ever know.                                  keiner von uns je kennen wird.
To live in this world                                           Um in dieser Welt zu leben
you must be able                                              musst du fähig sein
to do three things:                                            drei Dinge zu tun:
to love what is mortal;                                      etwas lieben, das sterblich ist;
to hold it                                                          es festhalten
against your bones knowing                               obwohl du tief innerlich weißt,
your own life depends on it;                               dass dein Leben davon abhängt;
and, when the time comes to let it                      und, wenn die Zeit gekommen ist, es
go,                                                                   los zu lassen,
to let it go.                                                        es loslassen.
 Mary Oliver: In Blackwater Woods         
 In: Mary Oliver: American Primitive, 1983

Übers. C.F.