YOU CALL FOR PEOPLE
You call for people of great stature. What gives great stature
to a person?
To become nothing and forget oneself for that which is
greater than she.
The unrepentant call out. They themselves would grow
the moment they bowed their knees in the shadow of
the immense things.
But raise your voices until the gods awake, until new gods
rise up and answer!
When no one asks for people any more, then your
people will be here.
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.