The Portrait

By Edith Södergran 1892–1923 Edith Sodergran

Translated from the Swedish by Brooklyn Copeland Read the translator's notes

For my little ballads,
those strange, sunset-red laments,
spring paid me a gull’s egg.

I bade my lover paint my portrait
                                            on its thick shell.
He painted a new bulb in brown soil—
on the other side, a powdery mound of sand.

Source: Poetry (June 2011).


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Poet Edith Södergran 1892–1923

Subjects Love, Desire, Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Spring

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