A Summary of Beim Wichsen’s Esserente Follies

Beim Wichsen Erwischt is a collection of poems about love and life. translated by Rainer Koch, the collection consists of eleven poems about love, life, friendship, longing, passion, and sex. In other words, the poems deal with issues that are important to almost all human beings, and they deal with both the subjective and objective aspects. The poems have a unique and powerful appeal, which helps to make them something more than ordinary books about romantic themes and emotions.

One poem in particular, „Beim Wichsen Erwischt (Benz napen mit schlatter),“ deals with the question, what is good and bad, and how to choose between the two? The poem begins like a fairy tale in which an evil fairy tells a story about two lovers who are about to get married. He threatens to spill a bottle of wine over the bride’s head if she does not agree to marry him. Then, the fairy disappears. Just then, a knight comes along and rescues the happily-ever-after couple from the fairy.

This racy and amusing poem gives a rather revealing glimpse of what is likely to happen between two lovers. The subject matter is so outrageous that it makes even the most rigid traditionalist blush. The knight offers to help the couple get back together by promising to return some day with the promise to return, and to give them each a blow job, so that they can see each other fully. The proposal does not last long, and the happy couple is soon engaged. The writer also suggests that their wedding might be the setting for another sort of love story: erwisschlag – or a game of dice.

In his next Beim Wichsen poem, entitled Meine Kene, the same theme is again featured, this time with a little more detail: the groom-to-be is kneeling down, while the bride is being forced to look at a piece of cake in a frying pan. When she refuses to eat it, he threatens to leave her, then asks if she would rather have sex with him. She answers in the affirmative, and the reader can almost imagine the pair happily married. If only… The next few paragraphs describe in more detail the surroundings (a garden) in which the couple is preparing to have their meal.

In his last Beim Wichsen poem entitled Der Racheninglied, the theme is one of betrayal once more: the good prince is fallen in love with a woman who has much less than he expects. He thinks she is desirable, but knows that she is a monster who will eat his heart out. At first, he tries to avoid her, but when he is carried away by her beauty, he follows after her and attacks her. If only he had realized just how dangerous this woman was, he might have realized that he should have let go long before. (The phrase „under mit der Rache“ translates as „wear me alive.“)

In all, Beim Wichsen’s poetry is very attractive. Although clearly inspired by ancient mythology, his themes and language are very modern. His use of everyday objects gives very vivid details and therefore keeps the reader engrossed. However, Beim Wichsen does tend to use a sort of melodrama in his tales, particularly in his „Famous Families“ series, in which some of the characters fall in love with people who are far from beautiful and attractive. It is too bad that he did not stay true to the original myth of Beowulf and create a hero who was more likeable, although he might also have added a bit more realistic elements to the tale.