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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 … 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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I stood before you like a trusting child

I stood before you like a trusting child, but you had only eyes for your own needs You were able to hurt me and you did – for no reason what I know, now rises a new morning and I’m … Continue reading

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No poem tells me about you

No, no poem tells me about you and no words can describe the wonderful wonderment you aroused in me, those emotions that grew and brought us together; The moments of fear to lose you when you kept away a while … 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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Cry me a heart / Gråt mig ett hjärta

omskriven mars 2017, februari 2018 in English below     Jorden drar ner mig i natt, så håll mig hårt och gråt mig ett hjärta. Jag vill fly dig, men inte såra dig, så jag stannar ännu en dag, sårad … Continue reading

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After gloom comes sun and snowdrops

“After rain comes sun” – even if it “never” seems to happen to me or my dreary life I never come to terms with. I walk in weeks in muddy water, but this Saturday the sky is so blue and … Continue reading

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Betrayal is betrayal

Yes good, so we can say goodbye with no hate between us, you said and smiled. You can only dream of that, I said, of course I will hate you and judge you for this, you are just an asshole … Continue reading

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We shall not talk about the world today

              We’ll not talk about the world today if the world is what media tells us – AK-47 talking, streets of blood and riots in name of whatever might be; our standpoints and talks … Continue reading

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Hard winter storm tonight

hard winter storm tonight; your frozen hands and your closed heart; your homeless eyes – you are like an orphan in the night; a man with no song, and wherever your unwept weep go, it’s not to me, no – … Continue reading

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Där ord inte är brygga / Beyond words

Där ord inte är brygga finns händer och ögon och våra hjärtans fasta dunkanden, vad som är blod och tarmar i mig  är  detsamma i dig, så kom inte till mig med prat om ”kultur”, kom inte med ”religion”, kom … Continue reading

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Between sky and sea and shore (Mellan himmel och hav och strand)

          Between sky and sea and shore Between thought and word and deed you were made Your desires rise in you like waves of overwhelming lust and longing and you crave your space What gives the … Continue reading

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Days with Tennyson

  The last ten days or more, I’ve been living with Tennyson and his poem “Break, break break”, and tried to translate it into Swedish. Maybe I’ve done it now …             Alfred Tennyson Break, … Continue reading

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Smiling face, sad heart

Enchanted by his sweet words she gave her heart so easily away, only to see him withdraw and become distant to her. Now she see herself standing empty handed and him fade away, and she feels humiliated and denied like … Continue reading

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She once had a best friend

this is a translation of the poem posted July 17, “Hennes bästa vän” She once had a best friend and Ralph was his name and he had a wife, Lena, and three children and a cat, and he built them a … Continue reading

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Jag vill vara / I want to be

jag vill vara din bror jag vill vara din hund jag vill vara din dörrmatta jag vill vara skeden i din mun jag vill vara täcket om din kropp jag vill vara… Hursomhelst, ring mig…   I want to be … Continue reading

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Who? / Vilka?

“Who are hiding in mosques?” “Who are hiding in the hospital cellars? “Who are hiding in residential and schools?” “Who uses the locals as human shields?” Who are bombing? Who are shooting missiles? Who are dying? Who pays the weapons? … Continue reading

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The forest lake / Skogsjön

One sunny summer day we walked past the farmer’s house and down the slope where the barn was, went left and through a little cow pasture, where some cows lay peacefully ruminating. We went through the grove behind the pasture … Continue reading

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I delete you

(in English below) Jag raderar dig, meddelande efter meddelande, jag har sökt dig, jag har sökt, jag har sökt dig, jag har sökt dig, jag har sökt dig, jag har sökt dig… …  dina förklaringar senare, “bad connections”! Kära du! … Continue reading

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I was the dreamer

I thought I was someone’s dream. But one morning I woke up and realized I was the dreamer. Now awaken life is like a sad dream and I’ve lost my direction. I  don’t doubt his feelings. But fully awake I … Continue reading

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I’m a blade of grass

I’ve been told lately I’m valuable and wonderful. So I have friends then, and things isn’t that good with me, and I’m supposed to feel like shit, and in need of encouragement. I don’t. And I don’t need friends. But … Continue reading

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Three times three roses for Calypso

(After the introduction below, comes a very beautiful love poem by a well-known Swedish poet. Just scroll down ….) It’s this online site I use to visit to meet different kind of people… A portly and bearded middle aged American … Continue reading

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