Edith Södergran: The Shadow of the Future

Can you catch a star ascending in the sky with your hands,

can you measure its flight?

Do not try to prevent its ascendance.

The sparks of the planets fall over the Earth, foreign to your hand.

Strange and hot are the sparks of the planets to a foreign hand.

Might the planets ascend. Star by star.

A hot longing comes over the Earth:

a star with a redder glow than the others rush forward: out of the way!

A hand following its own law will destroy all which others fortify.

A visitor comes, inaudible lips mention the name of the controller.