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Ringelnatz, Joachim: Silence* (Schweigen in English)

Portre of Ringelnatz, Joachim
Portre of Beilharz, Johannes

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Schweigen (German)

Manche Leute verneigen

Sich gerne vor Leuten, die ernsten Gesichts

Langdauernd schweigen.


Manche Leute neigen

Dazu, zu grollen, wenn andere schweigen.

Schonet das Schweigen! Es sagt doch nichts.

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Silence* (English)

There are some people who bow

To those given to extended silence

With a serious brow.


And then there are those who resent

Contemporaries with a silent bent.


All in all, noone should confuse

Silence with a statement that is of much use.


* An attempted English paraphrase.



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