Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tomas Traströmer / National Insecurity

Illustratio by Ernest Descals

National Insecurity

By Tomas Tranströmer
The Under Secretary leans forward and draws an X
and her ear-drops dangle like swords of Damocles.

As a mottled butterfly is invisible against the ground
so the demon merges with the opened newspaper.

A helmet worn by no one has taken power.
The mother-turtle flees flying under the water.

 New and Collected Poems by Tomas Transtromer,T
translated by Robin Fulton. 
Published in 1997 by Bloodaxe Books. 

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