Everything Changes

For no reason at all, I was reminded of this poem by Bertolt Brecht. After so many years.

EVERYTHING CHANGES

Everything changes. You can make
A fresh start with your final breath.
But what has happened has happened. And the water
You once poured into the wine cannot be
Drained off again.

What has happened has happened. The water
You once poured into the wine cannot be
Drained off again, but
Everything changes. You can make
A fresh start with your final breath.

Hopefully, this blog will be activer soon. Meanwhile, read some more poems by Brecht.

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6 thoughts on “Everything Changes

  1. Rachel Finn - Roots Cuisine July 9, 2010 / 11:50 am

    Have to admit, don’t know much at all of Brecht except his involvement during the Weimar Republic. I’ll use this as an opportunity to explore more.

  2. Bhaswati July 9, 2010 / 11:54 am

    Good one! I like how he turns around the same words to convey two different messages–one pessimistic, the other optimistic.

  3. Ishwar Dost July 12, 2010 / 3:19 am

    Brecht might have liked dialectics of Marx, but this particular poem is more inspired by the dialectics of Gautam Buddha.
    A good and a ‘zaroori’ poem!
    You were ‘reminded of this poem… after so many years’. Not only change but repetition (although in a changed context) is also a fact of life. This is the beauty of life and literature. Theory follows them and not the vice-versa.

    Jaldbaji mein yah hindi tarjuma

    हर कुछ बदल जाता है. तुम कर सकते हो
    एक नई शुरुआत अपनी आखिरी सांस के साथ.
    मगर जो हो चुका है वह हो चुका है. और पानी
    जो तुमने उड़ेला था जाम में
    फिर निकाला जा सकता नहीं

    जो हो चुका है वह हो चुका है.
    पानी जो तुमने उड़ेला था जाम में
    फिर निकाला जा सकता नहीं, मगर
    हर कुछ बदल जाता है. तुम कर सकते हो
    एक नई शुरुआत अपनी आखिरी सांस के साथ.

    • rw July 12, 2010 / 10:52 am

      Good to see you here, Iswar. Thanks for the observations and the translation!

    • Amit Singh July 12, 2010 / 11:53 pm

      Nice to see your comment here my friend Dost.

      Would love to hear from you.

      My e-mail is : neflong@yahoo.com

      Amit Singh
      Mass Communication
      Chandigarh

  4. Ishwar Dost July 14, 2010 / 4:25 am

    Dear Amit, it is great to meet you here… Writing to you.

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