A Word

A word, a phrase -: from cyphers rise
Life recognized, a sudden sense,
The sun stands still, mute are the skies,
And all compacts it, stark and dense.

A word -, a gleam, a flight, a spark,
A thrust of flames, a stellar trace -,
And then again -immense- the dark
Round world and I in empty space.


Gottfried Benn (1886-1956)




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