YOU ARE THE SEED
You are the seed and I your soil.
You lie in me and grow.
You are the child expected.
I am your mother now.
Earth, give your warmth!
Blood, give your sap!
An unknown power requires today
all the life I have had.
The flowing warm wave
knows no dam on earth,
wider it wants to create,
breaks its way forth.
That is why it hurts to the living quick
inside me now:
something is growing and breaking me -
my love, it is you!
into English by David McDuff in "Karin Boye: Complete poems".
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.