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.