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Morgenstern, Christian: Auf dem Fliegenplaneten

Portre of Morgenstern, Christian

Auf dem Fliegenplaneten (German)

Auf dem Fliegenplaneten,
da geht es dem Menschen nicht gut:
Denn was er hier der Fliege,
die Fliege dort ihm tut.

An Bändern voll Honig kleben
die Menschen dort allesamt,
und andere sind zum Verleben
in süßliches Bier verdammt.

In einem nur scheinen die Fliegen
dem Menschen vorauszustehn:
Man bäckt uns nicht in Semmeln,
noch trinkt man uns aus Versehn.

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At the Housefly Planet (English)

Upon the housefly planet

the fate of the human is grim:

for what he does here to the housefly,

the fly does there unto him.


To paper with honey cover

the humans there adhere,

while others are doomed to hover

near death in vapid beer.


However, one practice of humans

the flies will not undertake:

they will not bake us in muffins

nor swallow us by mistake.

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