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Gustafsson, Lars: Smoothness (Blankhet in English)

Portre of Gustafsson, Lars

Blankhet (Swedish)

Här härskade den stilla blankheten
som kunde störas av ett enda årtag.
Årstiden som långsamt svalnar.
Ljudet av en kätting som tas loss
och läggs på botten av en eka.
Och rädd att skada denna
vattenspegels sällsamt stora lugn
höll jag min åra svävande i luften.

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Smoothness (English)

Here the calm smoothness ruled
which could be disturbed by a single oar stroke.
The season slowly cooling.
The sound of a chain being taken off           
and laid in the bottom of a rowboat.
And, afraid to disturb this
surface’s rare great calm,      
I held my oar hovering in the air.

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