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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
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Wisdom Wells

                (translated from Swedish) When summer so sleeps its last rest, the fall flames as fire yet chilly. Then the young hero comes to the Nordic regions to find his Crone, she the … 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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You fill my dreams with desires!

  Du Ă€r inte ett dugg trevlig, men alldeles för svĂ„r! Men Ă€ndĂ„ fĂ„r du blodet att rinna ned till mina lĂ„r, och för att sĂ€ga sanningen, ocksĂ„ vad dĂ€r emellan. Uttröttad snubblar jag och faller pĂ„ mina egna tĂ„r, … Continue reading

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Black or white, Edith Södergran

Edith Södergran (1892 – 1923) is a Finnish-Swedish writer and she was a pioneer in the Scandinavian literary modernism in the early 1900s. She never got not much fame for her poetry before her death, rather the opposite. But she … 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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NĂ€r skogen brunnit ned (When the forest has burned down)

NĂ€r skogen brunnit ned och vilar svart och förkolnad spirar ny grönska fram som bidat sin tid under mĂ„nga Ă„r. Vi ser att det som förbrĂ€ndes gödde det som skulle komma. Och vi gĂ„r hĂ€r nu, du och jag.   … 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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For the sake of love

        When love is over and you have blown and then blown once more on cooled embers, for the sake of love, for the sake of love, for the sake of love, but see there’s no spark … Continue reading

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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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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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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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“You’ll be President”, Swedish rock music in the 1980s

“Imperiet” (in translation = the Empire) was a Swedish rockband during the years 1981 – 1988. The leader was sing and songwriter Joakim ThĂ„ström, born 1957. ThĂ„ström has after the time in rockband and earlier in punkband worked as a … 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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A boy from Morocco

In English below the Swedish lines Han var en pojke frĂ„n Marocko Han kom lĂ„ngt frĂ„n sin komfortzon Han trĂ€ffade en kvinna frĂ„n Sverige Han var en pojke frĂ„n Marocko, Han brukade stödja sin mamma Han brukade be sina böner … 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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Who needs a man when you have a cat?

Han har dragit sig tillbaka och byggt en Trumpsk mur av tystnad och han lĂ„ter mig betala för den. TvĂ„ dagar av total tystnad och allt av ljud som har hörts hĂ€r hemma Ă€r kattens spinnande. Hon sover i min … 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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October fade (oktober bleknar)

oktober bleknar fĂ€lten senapsgula bruntorkade strĂ„n och knoppar, Ă€nnu syns svep av grönt jag vandrar, vĂ€ntar pĂ„ ett mirakel, allt medan oktober bleknar bort October fades
 dark yellow fields brown dried stalks and buds, still staying greenery in my sight. … 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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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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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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At dusk CĂ©sar Vallejo talks to me

No one has asked for me today, CĂ©sar Vallejo tells me in the afternoon as the dusk slowly falls over me and emptiness begin to tiptoe in the corners. Every day I have “the courage to live”. Why, heaven only … Continue reading

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A cat never gets worried

  In English below       Katten spinner i sĂ€ngfötterna. Hon slĂ€cker lampan för natten, blundar och tĂ€nker pĂ„ honom. Om morgonen stannar hon en stund i sĂ€ngvĂ€rmen. Och hon blundar och tĂ€nker pĂ„ honom. Katten i sĂ€ngen spinner … Continue reading

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Touched by you

written after a glance at a Saturday evening music show on the telly, that unexpectedly made a crack in my indifferent heart and touched me (I wrote in Swedish this time – for translation to English, see below) Rörd och … Continue reading

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In late June / I slutet av juni

It’s the end of June and in early evening I take a walk around the ponds nearby, rosehips and elder bushes blossoms, the swan family goes in water for a last swim for the day, at the parking a few … Continue reading

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Asparagus

        He said, “I’ll be soft with you, teach you everything about sex”. “Soft with me?” she asked. “Yes, soft and tender”, he answered. “Teach me”, she asked. “Yes”, he said. “Teach me what”, she asked. He … Continue reading

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