- Coulehan, Jack
- Date of entry: May-09-1995
Two persons are washing the body of a dead man. It becomes dark and they light the kitchen lamp. Because they don't know the man, they invent his story: "since they knew nothing about his life / they lied till they produced another one . . . . " When the body is finally washed, it "lay clean and naked there, and gave commands."
First published: 1908. Translated by Stephen Mitchell.
The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke