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LATE ARRIVAL ON EARTH

(1932)

 

THE FLOWERS

 

APOTHESIS

 

FERRYMAN'S SONG (1941)

 

I BELIEVE

 

EVERYONE

 

EUPHORIA

 

NON SERVIAM (1945)

 

NON SERVIAM

 

ABSENTIA ANIMI

 

STROUNTES (1955)

 

WHEN ONE HAS

 

GUIDE TO THE

UNDERWORLD (1967)

 

GIVE ME POISON

 

Everyone is a world

 

Everyone is a world, peopled

by blind beings in dark commotion

against the self the king who rules them.

In every soul thousands of souls are trapped,

in every world thousands of worlds are hidden

and these blind, these underworlds

are real and living, though incomplete,

as true as I am real. And we kings

and princes of the thousand possibilities in us

are ourselves servants, trapped

in some greater creature, whose self and being

we grasp as little as our own superior

his superior. Our own feelings have taken

the color of their love and death.

 

As when a mighty steamship passes

far out, under the horizon, lying

in the evening glitter- - And we don’t know about it

until the swell reaches us on the shore,

first one, then another, and then many

which strike and boom until everything has become

as before. – Yet everything is different.

 

So we shades are troubled by a strange unease

When something tells us that others have gone ahead,

That some of the possibilities have been released.

 

 

Songs of something else. Selected poems by Gunnar Ekelöf translated by L. Nathan & J. Larson. Princeton, 1982, p. 45

 

 

 

 

1_SWD 2_UNK 3_GER 7_FIN 7_FIN 7_FIN

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Some of the most appreciated poems by Gunnar Ekelöf on different languages.