Wednesday, February 17, 2010

For Heaven's sake

Hurriedly I asked the Virgin
to have mercy!
To have mercy and intercede
so that the girl I loved,
who was barely eighteen
and was walking about in deep despair,
not eating and not sleeping,
unhappy and in tears,
and would rather die,
should not, for Heaven's sake, be pregnant.

Jaroslav Seifert,
translateed by Ewald Osers

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