Thanks to you

(after the poem “Dedication” by Heinrich von Glim zu Roesenegg—set by
Richard Strauss as Zueignung, Op.10, No. 1)


You feel my anguish when we part
Hearts that love, hearts that languish—
yours and mine
Thanks to you


I yearn for freedom’s fiery times
We pass the wine— I drink my fill
We bless the wine-dark crimson
Thanks to you


You my love, my love’s salvation
You my love, how I adore you
You my love’s bright divination
Thanks to you, thanks to you




-April 5, 2014-