In Fog – a translation

Translation of ‘Im Nebel’, a poem by Herman Hesse

To wander in fog is singular,

Lonely as every bush and stone;

The trees cannot see each other,

Every one is alone.


Friends filled my world

While my life was still light;

Now that the fog has curled,

Not one of them is in sight.


Truly, a man cannot be wise

Who does not know the darkness

That between him and all else lies,

Inescapable and noiseless.


To wander in the fog is singular,

Living on one’s own.

Nobody knows each other,

Everyone is alone.

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