Tomas Tranströmer
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Madrigal

I inherited a dark forest where I seldom walk. But a day is coming when the
living and the dead change places. Then the forest starts moving. We aren’t
without hope. The worst crime remains unsolved despite the efforts of many
police. In the same way there is a great unsolved love in our lives. I inherited
a dark forest, but today I am walking in the other forest, the light one. And
the living things that sing, wiggle, wave and crawl! It’s spring and the air is
very strong. I have an examination at the University of Forgetfullness and am
as emptyhanded as the shirt on the clothesline.

Tomas Transtršmer, fšrfattare i Stockholm.This version of “Madrigal” by Tomas Tranströmer is translated by Samuel Charters and can be found in Tranströmer’s For the Living and the Dead, edited by Daniel Halpern