Here and there upon
The trees, many colored leaves
Remain, and often,
I stand there and think.
I spy one leaf, and upon
It, I hang my hopes.
The wind stirs the leaf.
I shake. If it falls, I’ll fall,
And weep for lost hope.
The haiku above is a rendering of the words of Wilhelm Müller’s poem Letzte Hoffnung [Last Hope], which was set to music by Franz Schubert as part of his Winterreise song cycle. Here is Letzte Hoffnung, performed by tenor Jonas Kaufmann and pianist Helmut Deutsch.
Image attribution: Drawing by C. Gallant, 2017.
The painting that is the background in the YouTube video is Abandoned by Jakub Schikaneder. He was known for his paintings of lonely figures–a perfect choice for Winterreise.