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    SMALL THINGS


    If you cannot manage one step more,
    cannot lift your head,
    if you are sinking wearily under hopeless greyness -
    then be thankful for the kind, small things,
    consoling, childish.
    You have an apple in your pocket,
    a book of stories there at home -
    small, small things, despised
    at the time, that radiated living
    but gentle footholds during the dead hours.


    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.

    For more information, please visit the website of David McDuff and his own pages with the translations.

     
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