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Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall” by Edith Södergran

Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall,” by Edith Södergran

Now it is fall
by Edith Södergran
Translated from the Swedish by Averill Curdy

when all the golden birds
fly home across the blue deep water;
On shore I sit rapt in its scattering
glitter;

departure rustles through the trees.
This farewell is vast and separation draws close,
but reunion, that is also certain.

My head on my arm I fall asleep easily.
On my eyes a mother’s breath.
from her mouth to my heart:
sleep, child, and dream now the sun is gone.—

Source: Poetry, (March 2012)
Courtesy poetryfoundation.org

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