Cycle

We present this work in honor of the poet’s 135th birthday.

Gottfried Benn
German
1886 – 1956

 

The lone molar of a whore
who had died unknown
had a gold filling.
As if by silent agreement
the others had all fallen out.
But this one the morgue attendant knocked out
and pawned to go dancing.
For, he said,
only earth should return to earth.

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