Category Archives: poem in English and Swedish

The end of a high flying romance (quarantine)

I have nothing to say to you that could be of any comfort to you. For once, the saying “you reap what you sow” fits good when about you! I don’t feel anything yet, no anger or bitterness or sadness. … Continue reading

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A low-priced life // Fattigpensionär

            In my universe it’s rather empty, even the cat rejects the low-price tuna fish from supermarket to then run around in fury in my two-room flat when I tell her it’s what you get … Continue reading

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Cleaning old data

Jag låter datorn rensa bort onödiga filer. Om bara min hjärna vore lika hygglig och rensade bort alla onödiga filer i alla dess vindlande vrår! Plågor, vrede och skam som en gång var! Det är sen natt och jag avslutar … Continue reading

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The current historylessness (Dysterkvistar)

Here my bumpy thighs and unnoticed life which still is in progress, yet declining. All I have ever accomplished is aging, now I’m not 30 and depressed anymore, but read the literary reviews: such gloom and pretensions! It get me … Continue reading

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The day after the storm

It’s the morning after the storm, I make my tea and give the cat tuna. I start my laptop and leave for the web, having tea and cheese sandwiches. I note with relief I don’t miss him as I feared … Continue reading

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Silence, solitude

Silence, solitude Now two days without talking to you: it is a lifetime of despair for my heart! Same as once you told me, walked on a shore fearing you and I would never become “us”. When one cry, the … Continue reading

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People’s random meetings

Random meetings say hello before you go stay a while be my friend leave a memory your smile the warmth in your hands your eyes drowning in mine your breathing to breathe say hello before you go leave your smile … Continue reading

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Jag trivs bäst bak låsta dörrar med 7tillhållarlås (travesti på Ulf Lundell, Öppna landskap)

“Öppna landskap” (Open landscapes) is a ballad by the Swedish rock icon and author Ulf Lundell. The song is often sung and well known to Swedes, sometimes called “The unofficial Swedish Anthem”. It was released in 1982 but the Swedish … Continue reading

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Love and art

Kärlek gör sig, ärligt talat, bäst omgestaltad till musik och sång. Verkligheten är lättare att förstå i litteraturen, tagen på pulsen. När en älskare säger jag ska sitta vid din sida när du skriver, då vet man att nu är … Continue reading

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Loneliness is a treacherous haunting guest

That feeling of loneliness now sudden fills me up is a treacherous and haunting guest. When it hits, it permeates your soul and force you in desperation to meddle with the wrong kind of people, just to get some company … Continue reading

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The grief in the tiger’s eyes

The grief in the tiger’s eyes, it reaches down the bottom of my soul, it’s I in the hidden. In a cage, starved and deprived its dignity the tiger looks beyond you as it has learned humans aren’t human and … Continue reading

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Remembering (All Saints’ Day)

What olden dead can be deader than those who were once buried in graveyards which were later abandoned to become desolate churchyards? Decades and centuries have passed by those wasted and neglected places and curious but yet rare visitors can … Continue reading

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October, haiku

I October colors and the Earth still carry us: November comes next! II She still thinks of him like birches gold on the street. But not so often. III Rain and autumn gloom, and missing stings inwardly. Blue hope in … Continue reading

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Försvinnande kvinna / Vanishing woman

Vanishing woman Part 1 That late night was now approaching, then when I intended to vanish from you without a trace and wipe you out of my life forever. But late came late all my feet colder. The next morning … Continue reading

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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 wise … Continue reading

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At my age!

I came old and stood at the edge, mirrored nothingness fearing but fighting, as faced the end of the mortal “me” Then I met him, a freedom fighter for his own good only He caught me and brought me a … Continue reading

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All I could write was because of you

A tribute to all (female and male) muses that give the romantic poets the ink in their pens (An attempt to translate “L’encre de tes yeux” by Francis Cabrel to Swedish and English. I’ve put the Swedish translation first as … Continue reading

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Traces from the 1960s and March 2019, sounding in a contemporary poem (Algeria)

              Tomas Tranströmer’s poem “Om Historien” (About History) from the poem collection “Klanger och spår” (Sounds and tracks) published 1966 I En dag i mars går jag ner till sjön och lyssnar. Isen är … Continue reading

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When the passion is gone

              When the passion is over you thank your lucky stars for being able to cross the wasted land for fresh water without get a headshot from your ex beloved. There is a road … Continue reading

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Att vara den jag är / To be what I am

Jag har bara en önskan kvar att vara den jag är – med lust och inte vad jag kunde vara Nog och nöjd med mig själv om så utan hopp om ett du: den hjärtesökta själsfränden   I have but … Continue reading

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Dressed in white (listening to J M Baule)

DE BLANCO ME VESTIRÉ José Mª Baulenas 2000 jmbaule.bandcamp.com TRANSLATIONS BY ME TO SWEDISH AND ENGLISH, original lyrics below the video I vitt ska jag klä mig Jag har en soluppgång målad i mina minnen, många kärlekar, glömskor och en … Continue reading

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No stars

We still know each other but there are no longer any stars on the sky between us and I stare into a darkness. Are you there? Still? For me? Vi känner fortfarande varandra men det finns inte längre några stjärnor … 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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Disappointed

I woke up one morning the other day and saw like a sign for my inner sight, short simply written “I’m disappointed” Just that: no anger and no frustration, no nothing: not one emotion in motion for all the time … 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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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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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 my only desire. Where … 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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Oh man, you make my heart to a dried fruit

When you were gone, life was empty and I felt like half of myself. Now back, you’re holding yourself back and with your indolence you make my heart to a dried fruit and silenced I ask myself “what was it … 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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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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A field of tulips would have bloomed

          en ensam flöjt skulle ha spelat din ton ett fält av tulpaner borde ha blommat en varm vind vänligt dansat, ett leende kunde nu ha skimrat på mina läppar av det du är, men all … Continue reading

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“Forever love”

Misstro den som förklarar ”för evigt”. Allt som är levande bär sin egen död. Kärlek är mest önskan och villfarelse. Jag lyssnade till hans ”jag älskar dig”, men valde att inte höra det följande löftet om ett ”för evigt. Och … 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 låter mig betala för den. Två dagar av total tystnad och allt av ljud som har hörts här hemma är kattens spinnande. Hon sover i min … Continue reading

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Haiku poems in November

  She talks to him in her mind: “I miss you now – surely! But it’s good it ended  before it began. Might be my big luck you spared me from you!”     November now mourn what once glowed in September. Santa … 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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It’s you, in my thoughts (det är 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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September and I miss you now

September morning smiled youthfully and promising, so sunny blue chilly, ignoring time and I missed you then. September afternoon cloudy dim, summer hasty gone. Walking I fell hard on my own feet, I missed you then. September day vanished, autumn … Continue reading

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Life turns (Livsförändringar)

          Life suddenly turned at a time where no road were viewable and she stood staring into a wall of pitch black despair she realized though she was trapped in a life crisis, but she didn’t … Continue reading

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Seven flowers under my pillow

Midsummer is a big traditional public festival and family event in Sweden there all generations participates. It’s also a holiday surrounded by romance, dreams and magic beliefs. For example, the magical act for maidens to collect seven flowers during the … Continue reading

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Alone

I didn’t want to be alone, only be left alone Badly beaten by bullies I retreaded from the people, learned hard way hard years edifying friends was not meant for me No one sees a lonely heart’s pain forced to … Continue reading

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The bumblebee (Humlan)

I Give me a word of love this day today because today my courage has shrunk to less than nothing and all old sorrows weighs heavily on me. My heart torments me to remember and remorse all I never became … Continue reading

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Du och jag och himlen därtill / You and I and blue sky above

A tribute to Jonas  and Mark, living together as a couple for 30 years  You and I and blue sky above The first time I saw you I knew it was you, you and no one else but you. Since … Continue reading

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The beggar’s bowl

(Commenting on the drums in the current Swedish politics) We are all people but some of us are a little less We all have equal value, but some of us are only of little less value We are all here … Continue reading

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Scattered voices whispering in the winds

In Swedish below Another day Silent snowing Snow plows roars I feel a cold coming and I leave, going online *** You must be merciless Burn your words in fire Keep your heart loving and your hands skilled It is … Continue reading

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dessa skärvor av liv

these fragments of life in my hands all bad days and the others, all good days and the others – and the empty sky tells me nothing, I’m never sure if I do what’s right or waste my time, I … Continue reading

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Hassan Blasim, A refugee in the European Paradise

I’ve taken me the liberty to translate a poem By Hassan Blasim Originalets titel: Laji’ fi-l-janna al-urubiyya I read today this poem by Hassan Blasim  in the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) translated into Swedish by Jonathan Morén. Hassan Blasim (born … Continue reading

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Trust / Minns alltid detta

(in Swedish below) You must always remember this: evil has many faces and disguises, but love has only one face and it is naked and hide nothing, you are sleeping now and trust hold you in its tender arms through … Continue reading

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Autumn chilly darkness

  Translated to Swedish below     It’s not about me, it’s never about me. But I should be about me, for you. Somewhere… … on the road I carelessly dropped you and sometimes now I stop and I look … Continue reading

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Pink poems in August (haiku)

Gårdagens drömmar vaknar en sensommardag – vill leka igen Dreams from yesterday wakes up one day in August – wants to play again     He hates hot seasons, walks out in cool nights, thinking – will she wait for … Continue reading

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