The Parents (Die Eltern) (plate 3) from War (Krieg)
(1921-22, published 1923)
August Sander: Lumpenball Em dekke Tommes, 1929. Private Collection, Gerd Sander. The Tate
They prayed and wept together
over their prodigal daughter
grief like a burn that never heals
she laughed at their silly mores
and lived her every pleasure.
Get up off your knees old people
I’ll get respectable soon enough
then what will keep you together?