Poems, 1913-1956

By Bertolt Brecht

An entire list of Brecht's most vital poems illustrating all of the alterations in his own and political point of view over 43 years. an excellent assortment.

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Is that why I bite on them, then, on a daily basis And placed my belly on public reveal ? three i used to be bad, but the ladies have been around me like flies yet for the reason that i have had those rotting cavities In my mouth, they do not imagine i am a chap Who can rip his meat up with a savage snap. four For years I had lots of enamel in my jaw Which no longer a type of bitches was once thankful for. Now their photograph of me is blurred I see My the teeth did every thing for me. five Despised and nasty, I grew less warm every year And limited myself to the metaphysical sphere. avoided on my own, i have visible me fall An utter sufferer to alcohol. T H O S E D A Y S O F MY Y O U T H these days o f m y early life ! enable m e have in mind (Only word how briskly the reminiscence goes). 7S 76 The Later Devotions and the 1st urban Poems 19z. o-I9Z. five Flimsy shadows. partitions with white distemper. Nickelodeon couleur de rose. Apple-clear the ponds the place we went carping Sinuous waters, buoyant grasping guts Then at evening the bowler-hatted larking we all in raspberry-coloured shirts. Oh the cruel snarl of guitar strings roaring I Heavenly distensions of our throats ! Trousers stiff with airborne dirt and dust and love I Such whoring I lengthy eco-friendly slimy nights : we have been like stoats. Lounging sleepily underneath the willows Oh tobacco, apple-green sky above I Flying like pigeons under the influence of alcohol on kirsch, terrible fellows finishing limper than a tired glove. smooth joint of lamb in clean starched linen be careful, the nice shepherd's on his approach ! you could correctly graze, and fill the outside during which your pink center sits, quickly to decay. P S A LM I We did not bat an eyelid whilst the white waters rose to our necks ; z. We smoked cigars because the darkish brown evenings gnawed at us ; three We did not say no once we drowned within the sky. four The waters did not inform a person that they have been as much as our necks ; The Later Devotions and the 1st urban Poems 1 nine zo-1 nine Z S seventy seven s there has been not anything in th e newspapers approximately our now not asserting something ; 6 The sky does not listen the cries of people that are drowning. 7 So we sat at the significant stones like fortunate humans ; eight So we killed the greenfinches which observed our silent faces. nine Who talks in regards to the stones ? 1 zero And who desires to recognize what waters, evenings, and sky suggest to us ? THE FOURTH PSALM 1 What d o humans nonetheless count on o f me ? i've got performed the entire patiences, spat out all of the kirsch filled all of the books into the range enjoyed the entire ladies until they stank like Leviathan. actually i'm a good saint, my ear is so rotten it is going to quickly drop off. So why is there no peace ? Why do the folk stand within the backyard like garbage packing containers - anticipating whatever to be placed into them ? i've got made it simple it really is no need any further to anticipate the track of Songs from me. I have set the police at the purchasers. Whoever it really is you're looking for, it's not me. z i'm the main sensible of all my brothers - And all of it begins in my head I My brothers have been merciless, i'm the cruellest And it truly is I who weep at evening I 78 The Later Devotions and the 1st urban Poems 1 9Zo-1925 three while the tables o f the legislations broke, s o did all vices.

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