Back home Easter was very special (besides the chocolate eggs and feeling sick after eating 20 of them.) After church on Sunday and roast lunch (mostly pork), we would head out the local forrest or wander around the small river and enjoy spring’s aroma.

The world seemed so welcoming and there was so much to look for: long days, bathing, strawberries, asparagus, ice cream.

That’s one of the few things I deeply miss since I moved to Los Angeles.

If you live in a climate where Easter means also the awakening of nature, enjoy the walk for me. Nothing beats that walk because it evokes the same joyful and powerful spirit in you as it did when Faust concluded at the end of his Easter Walk: “Here I am Man, here dare to be.”

If you ever want to read a real German poem, here’s one for you.

Easter Walk

From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook,
By the Spring’s enlivening, lovely look;
The valley’s green with joys of hope;
The Winter old and weak ascends
Back to the rugged mountain slope.

From there, as he flees, he downward sends
An impotent shower of icy hail
Streaking over the verdant vale.
Ah! but the Sun will suffer no white,

Growth and formation stir everywhere,
‘Twould fain with colours make all things bright,

Though in the landscape are no blossoms fair.
Instead it takes gay-decked humanity.

Now turn around and from this height,
Looking backward, townward see.

Forth from the cave-like, gloomy gate
Crowds a motley and swarming array.

Everyone suns himself gladly today.
The Risen Lord they celebrate,

For they themselves have now arisen
From lowly houses’ mustiness,
From handicraft’s and factory’s prison,
From the roof and gables that oppress,

From the bystreets’ crushing narrowness,
From the churches’ venerable night,
They are all brought out into light.
See, only see, how quickly the masses
Scatter through gardens and fields remote;
How down and across the river passes
So many a merry pleasure-boat.

And over-laden, almost sinking,
The last full wherry moves away.
From yonder hill’s far pathways blinking,
Flash to us colours of garments gay.

Hark! Sounds of village joy arise;
Here is the people’s paradise,

Contented, great and small shout joyfully:
“Here I am Man, here dare it to be!”