The song about the ocean

Edith Södergran: The Rose Altar

Careful, careful,

what do you press to your chest?

Do they resemble you

like these seas resemble

the ocean that cries in anger?

 

Ocean, ocean,

you throw yourself from beach to beach

in insatiable longing,

you pound during the night

on the iron plates of the Earth till they resound.

 

Ocean, ocean,

when your anger has cooled

you will brighten up again.

 

The New Year’s sun rises, pale, but triumphant out of your hiding places.

The stiff tongues of the waves sing all year long of the power of the roses.