In Erinnerung an Verena

"Das, was ich für Euch war, bin ich immer noch,
gebt mir den Namen,
den ihr mir immer gegeben habt,
gebraucht nie eine andere Redeweise,
seid nicht traurig,
lacht weiterhin über das,
worüber wir gemeinsam gelacht haben,
betet, lacht, denkt an mich,
betet für mich,
damit mein Name im Hause ausgesprochen wird,
so, wie es immer war,
ohne irgendeine besondere Bedeutung,
ohne die Spur eines Schattens."

*aus Charles Péjuy -
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A Child of Mine

I'll lend you for a little time,
A child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while she lives,
And mourn when she’s dead.

It may be six or seven years,
Or twenty two or three.
But will you, 'til I call her back,
Take care of her for Me?

She'll bring her charms to gladden you,
And should her stay be brief,
You'll have her lovely memories,
As solace for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay,
Since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there,
I want this child to learn.

I've looked the wide world over,
In my search for teachers true
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.

Now will you give her all your love,
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call,
To take her back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
Dear Lord, Thy will be done!
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
The risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter her with tenderness,
We'll love her while we may.
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.

But shall the angels call for her,
Much sooner than we’ve planned.
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
And try to understand.

Edgar A Guest

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