'What does it feel like when one gets wings, when one 
is dead, say, mother?'
'First your back bends, it grows broad and great.
Then it grows heavier and heavier. It is as if one carried 
a mountain.
There's a shaking and breaking in ribs and backbone
and marrow.
Then it straightens up with a jerk and bears all, all.
Then one knows that one is dead now and lives in a
new form.'

Translated into English by David McDuff in "Karin Boye: Complete poems".

Swedish original

Copyright © 2005:
Translation from Swedish into English: David McDuff

Published with the permission of:
David McDuff, translation.
May and Hans Mehlin, Layout.

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