Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Arthur Rehbein (pseudonym Atz vom Rhyn)—In Memory 1867-1952—Germany

Spring Rejoice

Spring sun – and nature
bloomed in the morning light,
And evening dew still rested
On the grass, fracturing rays.
Laughing, colourful flowering May
And early summer's resplendence -
Will come yet and not ended,
Not even died away in dreams

There is no time for woefulness,
Nice hours rest like a saved treasure
In deepest bottom of the heart.
Gracious are the memories
- The mouth may not be silent -
Forever young, yes, forever young,
Remaining our own

(English Translation by Gert Knop)

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Frühlingsfreude

Frühlingssonne – die Natur
erblüht im Morgenlicht.
Und sich der Abendtau
noch auf dem Gras
die Strahlen bricht.
Lachend bunter Blütenmai
und frühen Sommers Prangen -
das kommt erst noch, ist nicht vorbei,
auch nicht im Traum vergangen.

Und auch für Wehmut ist kein Platz;
die schönen Stunden
ruh'n wie ein gesparter Schatz
im tiefen Herzens Grunde,
Freundlich auch die Erinnerung
- Da mag der Mund nicht schweigen -
Ewig jung, ja ewig jung
Bleibt sie unser Eigen

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Arthur Rehbein, also known under his pseudonym Atz vom Rhyn, was one of Gert Knop’s grandfather's brothers. He was born on October 26, 1867 in Remscheid, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and died on February 29, 1952 in Berlin, Germany. His son Max H. Rehbei was a journalist, TV-editor and producer for the NDR (North German Radio).
Arthur Rehbein was a journalist and author. He did extensive travels around the world and published many books including three volumes of poetry.

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(shared and authorized for publication by Gert Knop—a Whispers’ contributor since 2013)

8 comments:

  1. Spring reejoice is a great poem Gert. I loved the words
    Forever young, as to not be slient. Treasured is
    work from relitaves from our past.

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    1. Dear Yancy, I appreciated your friendly comment!
      Have a great weekend!

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    2. Thanks Gert,
      You have good weekend too
      Yancy

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  2. Thank you, Gert,
    Very nice translation, I especially like, "nice hours rest like a saved treasure."
    Michael

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    1. Thank you, dear Michael for your kind words! It is my pleasure to post poems of my great-uncle and I wished that he could read all comments! Gert

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  3. beautiful words from your uncle, my friend

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  4. Dear Jack, thank you for your comment, my friend and that you liked the poem

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  5. Gert,
    What a beautiful tribute to your uncle.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

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