I Want To Meet ...

Armed, upright and shielded in armour
I went forth -
but from fear was the coat of mail cast 
and from shame.

I want to throw down my weapons,
sword and shield.
All the stark hostility
was my coldness.

I have seen the dry seeds
finally grow.
I have seen the light green

Mighty is the tenderness of life
stronger than iron,
driven out of the heart of the Earth

Spring dawns in winter regions,
where I froze.
I want to meet the forces of life

Translated into English by Jenny Nunn in "To a friend".

Swedish original

Copyright © 1997:
Translation from Swedish into English: Jenny Nunn

Published with the permission of:
Jenny Nunn, translation.
May and Hans Mehlin, Layout.