“Schwierige Zeiten” / “Difficult Times,” a poem by Bertolt Brecht (tr. by Ron Slate)

“DIFFICULT TIMES" (“SCHWIERIGE ZEITEN”) / Bertolt Brecht

Standing at my desk
I see the elder tree in the garden through the window
And make out something red in it, something black
And instantly recall the elders
Of my Augsburg childhood.
Then for several moments I seriously deliberate
Whether to go to the table
For my glasses, so that I might see
Those black berries again on such delicate stalks.