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Ursula Popiolek / Diploma in Slavonic Studies
A MAN WENT OUT
to seek reality
he sought and sought
until he found it;
it was dark.
But people thought
his view too black!
informed those in power about
resulting in his arrest
Then, he found reality.
When people heard of this
It serves this fool right;
why did he have to overstep the mark.
(Ulrich Schacht, written in 1973 shortly before his arrest)
They lie behind me now,
the hard winters; the walls, with their untouchable dirty snow.
Soot pouring out of the chimney
towering above us;
the threatening pillar of destruction.
Who could then have believed
there would be whiteness.
I stand in front of it today and my eyes burning, stinging and cutting
the black threatening chimney (the blackness of the threatening chimney):
the pillar of destruction: And cuts out death. That lies
both from: Schacht. Dangerous Dream. Neske Verlag. Pfullingen 1981