photo by kevin berger
Francisca Ricinski-Marienfeld, was born in Tupilati/ Romania, lives in Germany, near Bonn. Journalist, photographer and translator. Author of lyric, short prose, children's books, theatre plays, trick film screenplays, essays, interviews and song texts. Several awards. Member of the association of German authors and of PEN, co-editor of the literature magazine Dichtungsring in Bonn and lead editor of the literature magazine Matrix in Ludwigsburg. Most recently: Zug ohne Räder (Artemis, Jassy, bilingual version, 2008); Als käme noch jemand (Pop Verlag, Ludwigsburg, 2013); J’avais tant de noms pour l’automne (Editions Baudoui, Tunis, 2017); In deinen Schuhen voller Sand (POP-Verlag, Ludwigsburg, 2018); Car j’étais pluie, L’Harmattan, Paris, 2019, with Abdel-Wahed Souayah; Mémoire sous le vent, french-arabic, Khayal Editions, Alger 2019).
I offer tanning sofa in front of unused four-poster bed and
still a heartfelt toy.
I trade the sky for clay and all the seas for autumn that can tell.
I trade the stories of A Thousand and One Nights for the abundance
of desert, never read to the end or told.
But who will trade all this for the goods that I have never, when
my sky is merely a vault? I borrowed it from the tree, and I call
a sea a sand-filled lagoon, corner for retreat, where memories,
voices and forgetting names from one hour to another.
I preferred to exchange the highest and lowest lows of this rich
world for at intersections and stairs, but without railings, against