Aus dem Reich der Kröte / Steige ich empor


The bird is a red-vented bulbul. The tree is a rainbow shower tree.

The location was Honolulu’s Koko Head District Park. The day, July 19, 2019, was windy.

The poem is Elisabeth Langgässer’s “Frühling 1946” (“Spring 1946”). The literal translation from The Penguin Book of German Verse, ed. Leonard Foster, is, “I rise out of the toad’s domain.”