NOW IS THE TIME OF
IMMENSE WAITING

 
Now is the time of immense waiting 
before the leafing time,
now the trees tremble in their inadequate glory,
the birches in purple, the aspens in green
and in gold-red the willows of the streams -
time of invisible forces,
when all is only bearing wombs -
souls go pantingly heavy,
and the twilight excites and wearies
like insatiable trysts.
Now creation crouches, yearning's leap in store -
before disappointment happens,
when the forest is as green as possible
and the world is as complete as possible
the trees and the people mumble as in sleep:
'We wish for more.'
                                          

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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