„We stand by the window embracing, and people look up from the street:
it is time they knew!
It is time the stone made an effort to flower,
time unrest had a beating heart.
It is time it were time.It is time.“

—  Paul Celan, "Corona" In: Paul Celan, ‎Pierre Joris (2005). Paul Celan: Selections. p. 44
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