Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | July 30, 2008

POEM OF THE DAY: The Best

by Karin Boye (1900 – 1941).

 

The Best

 

The best that we possess,

we cannot give away,

we cannot write it either

and neither can we say.

 

The best that is in your mind                      5

no one can make unclean.

It shines there deep inside

for you and God alone.

 

It is the glory of our wealth

that no one else can gain it.                      10

It is the torment of our poverty

that no one else can attain it.

 

Translation by David McDuff

 

Notes: 

http://www.karinboye.se/index-en.shtml

http://www.halldor.demon.co.uk/boyepage.htm

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