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,
glass-brittle through and through,
elf and spring-being,
sylph and spring-being -
child, may happiness come to 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.