Edith Irene Södergran (4 April 1892 – 24 June 1923) was a Swedish-speaking Finnish poet. She was one of the first modernists within Swedish-language literature and her influences came from French Symbolism, German expressionism and Russian futurism. At the age of 24 she released the first collection of poetry entitled Dikter ("Poems"). Södergran died at the age of 31, having contracted ... more »
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Edith Sodergran Poems
My soul was a light blue dress the color of the sky; I left it on a rock by the sea and naked I came to you, looking like a woman.
I have a luck cat in my arms, it spins threads of luck. Luck cat, luck cat, make for me three things:
Of all our sunny world I wish only for a garden sofa where a cat is sunning itself.
The Land That Is Not
I long for the land that is not, For all that is, I am weary of wanting. The moon speaks to me in silvern runes About the land that is not.
When night comes I stand on the steps and listen, stars swarm in the yard and I stand in the dark.
I want to let go - so I don't give a damn about fine writing, I'm rolling my sleeves up. The dough's rising...
On Foot I Had to Cross the Solar System
On foot I had to cross the solar system before I found the first thread of my red dress. I sense myself already.
The Bolsheviks’ victory is very fast, but we will get there before them, for this is the last one. The reins we will loosen from life,
My Artificial Flowers
My artificial flowers I send them to you. My small bronze lions I set up at your door.
At Nietzsche’s Grave
Strange father! Your children will not let you down, they are coming across the earth with the footsteps of gods,
The Trains of the Future
Tear down all the triumphal arches – the triumphal arches are too low. Make room for our fantastic train!
Littleoldman sits around counting eggs. Every time he counts, one egg is lost. My friends, don’t show him your gold.
The Armored Train
Fifty coaches of hopes I loaded up for your America. They came back empty... Disappointment cargo
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My soul was a light blue dress the color of the sky;
I left it on a rock by the sea
and naked I came to you, looking like a woman.
And like a woman I sat at your table
and drank a toast in wine, inhaling the scent of
You found me beautiful, like something you saw in
I forgot everything, I forgot my childhood and my
I only knew that your caresses held me captive.
And smiling you held up a mirror and asked me
I saw that my shoulders were made of dust and
I saw that my beauty was sick and wished ...