Unter Commemoration July 30, 2020

while something could be said
of empty trees
in silence without birds
it seems better
to remember
the songs that were sung

 

This poem is about Unter and thinking about him.  It is in some way a poem about writing a poem.

In the first part, the idea of writing a poem about sadness is expressed.  The first part says:

while something could be said
of empty trees
in silence without birds

This part expresses the idea of the emptiness of having lost a friend.  It expresses the idea of expressing this notion with a metaphor.

The second part though tries to look back at memories.  It says

it seems better
to remember
the songs that were sung

The idea is that while something could be written about the loss of a friend and the emptiness that results, it seems better to write about the memory of the friend and the happiness of knowing them.  This poem expresses the idea of expressing these ideas.

The idea contained in the poem is that it might be better to think of the happy times with Unter rather than the sadness that he is gone.