Vae Victis

from Ernte by Klamm

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Schlachtenmüde prangt ein erstürmter Himmel, zerworren, schattenfarben...
ob sterbendem Feld: Deine Geister müssen verdorren, Dein Fleisch darben!
Verdorben vernarbt das Land. Noch hängen bleich hungerzitternde Flanken
in bitt'ren Spornen, scharfen Zäunen, die um Dein einstig Eden ranken.
Was hast Du schier Kraft Deiner Hände dem Boden mühsamst abgerungen...
bald nimmst Du Anteil, siehst was Du aufzogst, mit Rost und Fäulnis durchdrungen!
Wie viele Linien zog die Pflicht durch Deinen Körper und die der Ander'n?
- Der Ackerfurche gleich, wie viele Jahre musste man in ihr wandern?
Weltenweit streut der Tod fahler Hand – sterile Samen voll Verderben.
Gebein übersät das Land. Wie überseht ihr das Mangeln und Sterben?

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/ war-weary the stormed skies hang in disarray /
/ in shadowy colors above dying fields /
/ your spirits shall wither, your flesh shall starve! /
/ corrupted and scarred the land... /
/ and still - shivering from hunger /
/ pale flanks dangle in bitter thorns - /
/ the edged fences which surround your Eden of yore /
/ what did you arduously wrench from the soil /
/ merely with your bare hands? /
/ soon you will witness /
/ all that you have formed and fostered /
/ afflicted with rust and corruption /
/ how many lines did the chores draw through your face and body /
/ and those of the others? /
/ - like the furrow in the field /
/ how many years did you have to wander it? /
/ everywhere death's pale hands scatter baneful sterile seeds /
/ the lands are bestrewn with bones /
/ how can you overlook this dearth and demise? /

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from Ernte, released July 10, 2015

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