Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Naked Human

human –

whether you are strong, and your voice is heard by many,

or you are small and weak,

whether you are dumb or clever,

what is that compared with all the rest

in the world –

nothing –

the mountains are tall or low,

the roses red and good-smelling,

but also withered and yellow –

it is not that –


that you can well in pleasures

and in the midst of the intoxication cry tears,


that you can suffer

and out of your pain sing a tribute to life.