I Have Forsworn You


I have forsworn you, closed all memory;
I work and eat, listen to music, sleep,
Walk in the garden, watch the changing moon
Pretending that I have no need of you.
But all the while I know it is not true.
Your silence weaves around me such a tight cocoon
Of loneliness and sadness, such a deep
And painful longing that I know it is a fallacy
To feel and say or think that I am free.

Anne Ranasinghe


Excerpt from Anna Ranasinghe’s book “Du Fragst Mich, Warum ich Gedichte Schreibe – You Ask Me Why I Write Poems” (Pages 44 /45, Maro Verlag)

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