Erich Fried

Misunderstanding Between 
Two Surrealists

                                              for Katja Hajek

"It's raining"
she said
"guys in black trenchcoats
are passing by"
she said

But Magritte
didn't get her
that exactly anymore
(for she said it years
after his death)

So he didn't hear
her last three words
and merely understood
"It's raining guys in black trenchcoats"
That's what he painted

                                       (transl. by Andreas Weiland)



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