Strong hyacinths

Edith Södergran: The September Lyre

You won’t get me to believe in disgusting flies

- revenge and selfish desires.

I believe in strong hyacinths dripping ancient juice.

 

Lilies heal and cleanse like my own power.

You won’t get me to believe in disgusting flies

spreading stench and contagion.

I believe that great stars show the way for my desire –

a place between sun and south, between north and night.