The mystery

Edith Södergran: The Shadow of the Future

All people are toys.

I was a toy myself yesterday.

Today I am the one who breaks open the mystery.

I want everybody to come to me,

I want everybody to hear how my heart beats.

Fire and blood and the balm of the future shall you receive from my hands.

All of humanity I will consecrate to the future.

My flaming line every child must read.

I will convert you all to a holier god.


All superstition I will sweep out with a silent broom,

all smallness I will mock to death.

Your great snake I will mount; its head I will cut in half with my sword.

Oh you, my good sword, which I received from Heaven, I kiss you.

You shall not rest

before the Earth is a garden, where gods dream over wondrous cups.