Interpretation of an Allegorical Painting

Five men I see –
they mean a lot.
Who might they be?
Who stands for what?

The first whose coat
shines ruby-red
stands for the dead
stands for the dead.

The second’s scourge
bites like a snake.
He is the plague,
he is the plague.

The third one,
grey from head to toe,
he speaks of woe,
he speaks of woe.

The fourth one’s blood-stained
shield does state
that he is hate,
that he is hate.

The fifth one silently
brings wine.
He’s in the
wine-supplying line.

Deutung eines allegorischen Gemäldes: Gesammelte Gedichte 1954–2006, S. 111