Memo

By W. G. Sebald

Build fire and read
the future in smoke

Carry out ash and
scatter over head

Be sure
not to look back

Try out
the art of metamorphosis

Paint face
with cinnebar

As a sign
of grief

(Translated from the German by Iain Galbraith)
 

This article available online at:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/11/memo/309101/