Brothers

Gustaf Munch-Petersen: Nineteen Poems

Brothers in the fogs of life,

Brothers in the deprivation on Earth,

the terrible exists,

shame lives in pomp,

death wanders by our sides

sowing darkness and stench –,

Brothers, created as humans,

everything has a truth

shining sharp and clear,

everything has its law

unbreakable from the depths to the highest –,

the free human soul

has eyes created for light –,

deep in the graves of deprivation

burns eternal truth,

even on the bottom of life

the lie never becomes fire,

even in the swamp of shame

the human law glows

incomprehensible like God –