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Lasker-Schüler, Else: My Blue Piano (Mein blaues Klavier in English)

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Mein blaues Klavier (German)

Ich habe zu Hause ein blaues Klavier

Und kenne doch keine Note.


Es steht im Dunkel der Kellertür,

Seitdem die Welt verrohte.


Es spielten Sternenhände vier

-Die Mondfrau sang im Boote-

Nun tanzen die Ratten im Geklirr.


Zerbrochen ist die Klaviatür.....

Ich beweine die blaue Tote.


Ach liebe Engel öffnet mir

-Ich aß vom bitteren Brote-

Mir lebend schon die Himmelstür-

Auch wider dem Verbote.

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My Blue Piano (English)

At home I have a blue piano

But have no note to play.


It stands in the shadow of the cellar door,

There since the world's decay.


Four star-hands play harmony

–The Moon-maiden sang in her boat–

Now rats fandango on the keys.


Broken is the keyboard...

I weep for the blue dead.


Ah, dear angels, open to me

–I have eaten bitter bread–

Heaven's gate, while I'm still alive,

Even against the law's decree.



     Audri Durchslag-Litt and 

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