Category Archives: poem in Swedish and English

A poet from my time of youth has died

Reading in the paper that the Finnish poet Claes Andersson died on Wednesday this week. Thinking instantly (as always now in my old age), “next it can be me”: as he was only 12 years older than me
! 😩   … Continue reading

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Three times, three roses

        Lars Forssell  (Swedish poet) (1928–2007) Odysseus pĂ„ Ithaca (from the poetry collection Telegram, 1957) In the Greek tale, the hero is captured on the island Ogygia by the beautiful nymph Calypso who seduces him with her love … Continue reading

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At 70!

Vid 70 har man samlat pĂ„ sig berg av illusioner, förlorade, Ă„tervunna, Ă„terfunna. Livet gĂ„r vidare, javisst! Men sjĂ€lv har man nĂ„tt sin vĂ€gs Ă€nde och gĂ„r inte lĂ€ngre med. Och sedan dĂ„ alla dessa berg som skymmer den fria … Continue reading

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(Mind matter) MĂ€rka ord

MĂ€rk nu mina ord, jag besökte er ett tag, men var verkligen aldrig dĂ€r: ett vingslag mot din kind i natten, du rös till litegrann. Vi bor i Sverige men lever i vĂ€rlden. VĂ„ra tankar borde vara sĂ„som svalor i … Continue reading

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Sprouting spring retreat (Spring springer bort)

VĂ„ren springer bort kylan Ă€r tillbaka och det snöar och ingen Ă€lskar mig idag, jag gĂ„r tillbaka till sĂ€ngen för att vakna upp till en annan dag Spring runs away The cold is back and it’s snowing and nobody loves … Continue reading

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Dismissed body, missed (+ one haiku)

  I have so many photos of you: You are a wholesaler in selfies: I take one to see what I sell out: You stand by a swimming pool wearing only swim shorts and showing off a lot of your … Continue reading

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Att vara den jag Ă€r / To be what I am

Jag har bara en önskan kvar att vara den jag Ă€r – med lust och inte vad jag kunde vara Nog och nöjd med mig sjĂ€lv om sĂ„ utan hopp om ett du: den hjĂ€rtesökta sjĂ€lsfrĂ€nden   I have but … Continue reading

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I januari Ă„tervĂ€nder ljuset (January light)

I januari Ă„tervĂ€nder ljuset till landet och hjĂ€rtan öppnar sina dunkla kamrar och vĂ€drar ut vinterns mörkertider och jag – ja, jag tĂ€nker ju fortfarande pĂ„ dig, men undrar om jag lurar mig sjĂ€lv med detta ihĂ€rdiga tĂ€nk och om … Continue reading

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Young longing

Jag har en Ă„ldrad kvinnas hud och en krigares Ă€rrade hjĂ€rta men min unga lĂ€ngtan Ă€r bara du; dina hĂ€nders hĂ€ngivenhet I have the skin of an aging woman and the scarred heart of a warrior but my young longing … Continue reading

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Such is our togetherness (SĂ„dant Ă€r vĂ„rt tillsammans)

I sit in my living room reading a novel that annoys me because its boring banality, even if I realize that is precisely the subject for the novel. (Loneliness in a spoiled middle class family, have it all and lack … Continue reading

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A love story

                I know it is crazy you and I can be one and we. Yet every inch of my skin talks and tells about you exception for my feral and numb feet. The … Continue reading

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Longing for the sea (lĂ€ngtan till havet)

I have lived at inlands my whole life. Now with age it feels as if the inlands choke me and I’m longing to the sea. But I feel trapped in poverty and my lack of health and supporting friends. You’re … Continue reading

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The question

I woke up this morning thinking: I can’t do this anymore! The question is only: what is it I can’t do anymore? Vaknade denna morgon och tĂ€nkte: jag kan inte göra det hĂ€r mera! FrĂ„gan Ă€r bara: vad Ă€r det … Continue reading

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I am a private person

I am a private person who is living with words and only with words. It’s so easy to make me feel uncomfortable. But my words are all public and accessible to everyone, yet my words are not touchable (unfortunately, not … Continue reading

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To miss you has become my daily bread

To miss you has become my daily bread. My every day thirst is to hear your voice; to talk to you. I think of you constantly. You’re a hurricane and the peace in my soul. One day you will rest … Continue reading

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The old bard’s advice how to handle the pain of life

Gunnar Ekelöf 1907 – 1968 Swedish poet and translator.  He is one of the most significant, loved and well-known poets in the Swedish literature. From the poetry collection Dedikation 1934 Note: The poem here translated by me and just for … Continue reading

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Winter gloom

        December darkness – I feel old and cold, tired and worn out. Who am I to be desired, I ask myself and you too and you really don’t want to hear that bad tune from me. … Continue reading

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December morning

It’s a winter morning, December 13, 2017. The celebration of Lucia Day. Our Queen of Light and Hope come to visit the North one of the darkest days of the year. It is a kind of magic ritual. But we … Continue reading

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Missing someone

But no common sense can deny the missing in me after you and all I can wish for now is that its bitter-sweetness stays with me all my days left, if you cannot. ÄndĂ„ kan inget sunt förnuft förneka saknaden … Continue reading

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November haiku

In dim November I rest in your breathing My nest in dark nights Dunkla november vilar jag i din andning Mitt bo i natten

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Vad som Ă€r lycka skiftar (About happiness)

Vad som Ă€r lycka skiftar. Lycka för mig nu skulle vara att bara hĂ„lla dig in mina armar, uppleva den tunga massan av din kropp och dess levande vĂ€rme och kĂ€nna hur ditt hjĂ€rta slĂ„r mot mitt hjĂ€rta och andas … Continue reading

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It never happened

        The very power of how you never happened to me will never go away but stay. You never touched my body, but you shook my soul. You aroused in me such a fire and now you’re … Continue reading

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Life is what happens in the background

life is what happens in the background a wagtail chirping outside your window and you don’t know it’s my lonely soul words are written on its wings, tales of lovers like you and me, forever apart from each other, but … Continue reading

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Forever you and me

  Forever you and me, he said. And it will be a shortening for forever goodbye, you and me. Alltid du och jag, sa han. Det blir en förkortning för för alltid farvĂ€l du och jag    

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When I’m in bed at night turn off the light

translated from Swedish to English           When I’m in bed at night, turn off the ligh I don’t think about him. Latterly. I think me: I step into me. I am myself. I’m a girl, I … Continue reading

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Out of silence comes the music

            Out of silence comes the music, rises from its longing to itself. But there are silences between people that make love die of lack of nutrition. This, my being now, that what is related to … Continue reading

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Bottle post (sĂ„ som jag saknar dig)

        The way I miss you Fills me to the brim Empty me to nothing I’m lost, no belonging I wanted to sing about you and only you But without you I have no voice I want … Continue reading

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When cherries ripen

Juli dalar nĂ€r som körsbĂ€ren mognar                                                 In English below Grenar dignar under den tunga sötman Tillförsiktens lugna … Continue reading

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I’m jealous of your day

I’m jealous of the day that has you without me 3600 kilometers far away. But I don’t care what you set eyes on as I know you have me on your mind almost all of your time. Fate has tied … Continue reading

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Love you as you are

I’ve gained 6 kilos and you’ve lost 2 kilo. I’m too fat and you are too skinny. I’m too old and you’re too young. I intends to improve your thinking, I said. It’s nothing wrong with that if you in … Continue reading

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About relationships

          He always thought it was all about him and for a sensitive ego that’s surely hard. He meant she caused them the conflicts and he responded by refuse to talk to her and go to … Continue reading

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In the silence bubble

I woke up late today at lunchtime and now it’ll soon be evening and I sit here moved by a French song I’ve translated to Swedish. It was released 37 years ago and I don’t understand French except for “je’taime”. … Continue reading

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I see your face (tribute to love, hidden and forbidden )

Re-posted poem from October 2015. To M A and a tribute to all other lovers, fighting for their love against prejudices and violence. Trust / Minns alltid detta (18 October, 2015) You must always remember this: evil has many faces and … Continue reading

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A dreary dawn in April

          A dreary dawn in April: a couple of hours more sleep had done me good! You’re with me and as I know all about you: You’ll sleep for another hour. Asleep or awake, you’ll carry … Continue reading

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A field of tulips would have bloomed

          en ensam flöjt skulle ha spelat din ton ett fĂ€lt av tulpaner borde ha blommat en varm vind vĂ€nligt dansat, ett leende kunde nu ha skimrat pĂ„ mina lĂ€ppar av det du Ă€r, men all … Continue reading

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“Forever love”

Misstro den som förklarar ”för evigt”. Allt som Ă€r levande bĂ€r sin egen död. KĂ€rlek Ă€r mest önskan och villfarelse. Jag lyssnade till hans ”jag Ă€lskar dig”, men valde att inte höra det följande löftet om ett ”för evigt. Och … Continue reading

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The empty folder (1 important)

        I could block you on my e-mail and on my phone (as if you’d call!). I could delete the folder with all your selfies to “Recycle bin” then when asked “Do you want to permanently delete … Continue reading

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Blue Anemones and about a Swedish racist party calling itself democratic

  Donald Trump has again pointed a finger “see what happened in Sweden”. But what Donald Trump believes has happened in Sweden or to Sweden has not yet occurred. It will never do! Not that the country lacks problems to … Continue reading

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What can I say? I still miss him

What can I say? I still miss him. The days passes – as in a dream, but I guess this is called “to live”. Muteness spreads in my body – even to my heart. What is, stays the same but … Continue reading

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Identification

Jag vaknade i morse med en svag sveda av sorg i mitt bröst – i nĂ€sta ögonblick identifierade jag kĂ€nslan och tĂ€nkte lĂ€ttad “Åh, det Ă€r jag!” I woke up this morning with a tiny tingling feeling of sadness in … Continue reading

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Now November 1st (are you sleeping?)

  November 1st, it’s night and it’s quiet, except for the sound of a cold steady rain against my windows. Almost all trees are bare out there. The climate is getting harder. It’s dark here there I am, dark there … Continue reading

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wake up to the same

in English below the Swedish text           och jag vaknar till detsamma, det Ă€r jag och det Ă€r samma liv som igĂ„r, varje morgon Ă€r likadan som den igĂ„r och förrgĂ„r, samma liv, samma kropp som … Continue reading

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It’s you, in my thoughts (det Ă€r du, i mina tankar)

It’s you, in my thoughts in lonely evenings – and it’s like a whole century of silence reigns in my rooms! Now late October’s icy golden glow slowly glides into gloomy November’s muted darkness and bare cold nights – and … Continue reading

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Ensamheten Ă€r bevĂ€pnad med kulsprutor

Loneliness is armed with machine guns! (in English below the Swedish text)       Ensamheten Ă€r bevĂ€pnad med kulsprutor! Efter att lĂ„ngan tid varit bevĂ€pnad mĂ„ste du tala med omsorg, sĂ„ att du inte avsiktslöst skjuter nĂ„’n. Alltsomoftast skjuter du … Continue reading

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Move on is hard (VĂ€llingvĂ€rme)

To move on with life is hard when it means to say farewell to someone or something. You see nothing in front of you, but an empty area. Future unwritten – in another context it would be a challenge! But … Continue reading

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Fatigue (Tröttheten)

In English below           NĂ€r tröttheten Ă€r en filt över ansiktet NĂ€r timmars arbete plötsligt gĂ„tt förlorat NĂ€r man tĂ€nker ”varför gör jag det hĂ€r?” NĂ€r det inte finns en enda sĂ„ng i vĂ€rlden som fĂ„ngar … Continue reading

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A thousand and one nights with and without you

Late in night I listen to a sentimental love song and in spite a female choir seductively humming in the background and in spite honey sweet violins playing the melody – too artistic excessive – still the words stands strong … Continue reading

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He called me

        He called me and my heart melted like an ice cube on a hot stove He called me and the sun shines on a blue sky with no clouds He called me and my sorrows are gone … Continue reading

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Blushing rowan trees

Now comes August. The days gets shorter, the nights darker. The rowan trees on my yard blushes again. I have lived at same courtyard for 8 years now and seen the trees redden in the end of July, reminding me … Continue reading

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I skuggan av en, saknad / In the shadow of one, missing

          Ett fönster stĂ„r öppet mot natten, en tom sĂ€ng Ă€nnu varm av barnets kropp – inga spĂ„r. De reste till solen, mor och far, tvĂ„ döttrar och en son. En glad dag pĂ„ stranden och … Continue reading

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