… die Aussicht auf eine gute Aussicht …
(Christof Hamann and Alexander Honold,
Kilimandscharo: Die deutsche Geschichte eines afrikanischen Berges)
When Sisyphus was almost at the peak,
the clouds came down, surrounding him with fog.
He reached a flatter spot where he could rest,
although the damp still found its way beneath
the tattered rags the gods had given him.
He watched the dewdrops forming on the stone
but could not see around that bitter burden
to guess how soon the clouds might dissipate,
or if they might come down enough to leave
the summit in the sunlight and the sky,
a sight that always made him feel as if
he’d stolen something precious from the gods
before the stone began to roll back down
and left him, for at least that moment, free.
Andrew Shields lives in Basel, Switzerland. His collection of poems “Thomas Hardy Listens to Louis Armstrong” was published by Eyewear in June 2015. His band Human Shields released the album “Somebody’s Hometown” in 2015 and the EP “Défense de jouer” in 2016.