TO SOMEONE WHO IS VERY YOUNG

Slender new moon,
white new moon,
pale-shimmering flame, lit
in the night's wide room,

clear blue moth,
frail blue moth,
startled awake and waiting-tensed,
when warm falls the twilight gloom,

fragile flower-bell,
bright flower-bell,
glass-brittle through and through,

elf and spring-being,
sylph and spring-being -
child, may happiness come to you!


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.