Friday, May 1, 2020



No Name

Something, which has no name,
something uncertain, unknown,
something dark,
burdens my heart,
puts a weight on it
like heavy rain on the fruits of wine yards
bending the vines to the ground.
Leaves shed tears.

Something, which has a name,
something certain, known,
something bright
lifts my heart,
frees me from a burden.
It relieves me
like warm rays of sunshine on grapes
making them translucent.
I hold my hand against the sun:
see my wine-red blood.

Winter Journey

Tears on a train window
running down in streaks.
A soft curtain descends
and golden cupolas,
houses, forests, fly past
and the snow sprays and whirls,
obscures, fogs the landscape.
Like a caressing touching hand
covers sorrows.

Like a colourful band, waving,
yearning without end.
Lays itself like a soft silk scarf cloth.
Sound of bells, fading away,
blow away envy, hatred, sorrows.


Star-sprinkled, star-speckled
sky dome over icy cold ground.
Snow dust, snow powder covered.
Frozen rain days cling to fir branches.
There is not a light or a sound
only green veils of the northern lights.
Snow flurry over grey mountains
without paths and passes.
Yaks graze on sediment pastures,
scrape sparse food with their hooves
to the surface.
Yaks give fat milk, patient, frugal.
Butter is beaten by tribal women.
Fat mutton lump of meat boil.
Soon the sun will lure the green.
Torrential currents transform
and create new images
re-paint the landscape
on a grey canvas, in a steel frame.
Eternal change.


EDUARD SCHMIDT-ZORNER is a translator and writer of poetry, haibun, haiku and short stories. He writes in four languages: English, French, Spanish and German and holds workshops on Japanese and Chinese style poetry and prose. Member of four writer groups in Ireland and lives in County Kerry, Ireland, for more than 25 years and is a proud Irish citizen, born in Germany. Published in 76 anthologies, literary journals and broadsheets in USA, UK, Ireland, Japan, Sweden, Italy, Bangladesh, India, France, Mauritius and Canada. Writes also under his pen name: Eadbhard McGowan

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