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“The moon spins her net around everything that is sick, / the full moon comes and gathers it one beautiful night.”
“You sought a bloom / and found a fruit, / You sought a spring / and found a sea, / You sought a woman / and found a soul — / you are disappointed.”
“I lie all day and wait for night, / I lie all night and wait for day.”
“Pain gives us everything we need — / ... / She gives us our strange souls and our peculiar thoughts, / she gives us all of life's highest winnings: / love, solitude, and the face of death.”
“Beautiful sisters, come high up to the strongest rocks, / we are all fighting women, heroines, horsewomen ...”
“All my air castles have melted like snow, / all my dreams have run off like water, / all that remains of what I've ever loved / is a blue sky and some pale stars.”
“My hand is not at home in yours. / Your hand is lust — / my hand is longing.”
Edith Södergran, Swedish-speaking Finnish poet
(1892 - 1923)
Full name: Edith Irene Södergran.