Vierge Moderne

Edith Södergran: Poems

I am no woman. I am a neutrum.

I am a child, a page and a quick decision,

I am a laughing stripe of scarlet sun…

I am a net for all ferocious fish,

I am a toast to the honour of all women,

I am a step towards spontaneity and ruin,

I am a leap in liberty and self…

I am the whisper of blood in the man’s ear,

I am the feverish cramp of the soul, the lusts and defenses of the flesh,

I am the entry sign to the new paradise.

I am a flame, seeking and bold,

I am a water, deep but daring, all the way up to the knees,

I am fire and water in honest connection on free terms…