Edith Södergran: Poems
My soul was a light blue suit of the sky’s colour;
I left it on a cliff near the sea
and came to you naked and looked like a woman.
And as a woman I sat at your table
and drank a cup of wine and felt the smell of roses.
You thought I was beautiful and resembled something you had seen in dreams,
I forgot all, I forgot my childhood and my homeland,
I only knew that your caresses kept me caught.
And smiling you took a mirror and bade me see myself.
I saw that my shoulders were of dust that crumbled,
I saw that my beauty was sick and I wanted just one thing – to disappear.
Oh, hold me in your arms so tight that I need nothing.