Hostile stars

Edith Södergran: The Shadow of the Future

Hostile stars ascend.

Eternally foreign, eternally distant

you seek to smile to one another, deceived by human faith.

Every star has a freezing gaze.

Every star is proud and lonely in its force

and doesn’t believe in the twinkling of stars.

Every star deceived Man to think it is everything.

Every star is blessed like nothing else in the world.

Every star lights the world on fire with its glow.

Every star comes wandering like a red glow from far off

to destroy, devour, scorch, enforce its power.