The shepherds and shepherds – they are the primal figures of innocence and keepers of the integrity of every landscape. But they are more than threatened – the land is fenced in, the herd sacrificed, the landscape ploughed to pieces, peace and quiet disturbed. Then the last of them set out in desperation to take revenge. Revenge? To whom, who is to blame?
What begins as a campaign soon leads to reflection. Warning seems to be necessary, but where they arrive, they must recognize that the catastrophe has already occurred. The journey condenses into a lament. This invocation out of deepest misery has the end time and still also carries hope. It reminds of Hölderlin’s lines: Where the danger is greatest, the rescue is closest.
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