Where I Live
When I opened the window
fishes swam into the room,
herrings. A school of them
must just have been passing.
I saw some playing among the pear trees as well
There were more of them
in the woods,
over the conifer plantations and gravel-pits.
They are a nuisance. But even more annoying
are the sailors
(some high-ranking ones among them too, helmsmen, captains),
who keep coming up to the open window
and asking for a light for their beastly tobacco.
I don't think I can stay here--- Günter Eich
Michael Hofmann, Translator
©2010 The London Review of Books
25 March 2010