Sunday, 10 June 2012

Poem by the Danish writer
Piet Hein


Plant a tree to grow tall
Just one deed that's a sapling
To live when your life's had its fall;
A thing that is lasting,
A solace or joy to recall.

Let your heart bear full fruit.
Make your life just one step on a road
That is part of a route;
You shall be one small link in a chain
Of existence, one shoot.

You shall blossom, with all
Of your harvest sustaining
Some being, no matter how small;
You are part of a future -
And so, plant a tree to grow tall.


1 comment:

Susanne Knoedel said...

Hello John, thank you for this translation. There is a choral setting of it by Per Nørgård. I have been singing it for some years without knowing exactly what the words mean. Now I have an idea, and it is much more beautiful than I thought!
Best wishes Susanne